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    A few tips for those going to Vegas

    1) Stay off the strip: Places like Green Valley Ranch or even Sunset Station have the full Vegas experience, are closer to the stadium (you can walk from Sunset Station to Sam Boyd Stadium..and Green Valley Ranch is my favorite casino by far), and the gaming is better. Local casino slots have about (guesstimate) 5-10% better odds, on average...also, they have better poker rooms, and cheaper table games ($5 tables are common...some even had $2 tables), and much better sports books.

    2) I read on here that somebody says they've done it all....LOL! Look around there's so much in Vegas, you haven't done it all. If you need a day to do something other than gambling,
    --go out to Redrock mountain....directly west of the city, about 10 minutes outside the city. Beautiful scenic park, and great rock climbing.
    --visit Boulder/Hoover Damn
    --visit Las Vegas Speedway
    --Lake Mead -- you can do waterskiing, fish for large mouth bass, striped bass, catfish, and even trout...plus a lot of nasty carp
    --Kayack (sp?) down the Colorado River...you can do a tour with a guide, or I believe you can rent your own. There's some really cool warm springs right off the river that you can stop at and take a dip....however, its a LITTLE bit more relaxing in a month or so when its not in the 90s still.
    --Helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon....that's fun, and its really not that expensive, or relatively inexpensive.
    --I think there may be a quail hunt right now, you can hunt just to the south west of town, plenty of quail as the hunter numbers are dwindling in Vegas right now
    --Check out a HS football game....the Bishop Gorman HS puts out tons of D1 players (Demarco Murray is starting tailback at Oklahoma right now), and Green Valley HS by the stadium has a solid program every year.
    --there's so many different things to do in Vegas, I'm just scratching the surface......
    3) Don't act like you own Vegas....sure, you're paying the bills, but the problem is, too many come here and do stupid, stupid stuff here, and most go home....some end up dead though or in jail. Just some friendly advice from somebody that was born and raised here, and worked on the strip for years.....some of the stuff you see is just sad.....people trying too hard to have fun, but take it too far.

    Just east of downtown (I read that someone is staying at the Golden Nugget, this means just east of you)...is a fairly bad area of town. Don't walk around outside the canopied area, there's a lot of homeless crimes, and some fairly ruthless gangs (I'd be more worried about the homeless than the gangs though)



    ---Anyway, if you have any questions, I'll try and stick around and answer them for you. If you can change your hotel reservations, the two casinos I mentioned are very much up to snuff, and you'll enjoy your time there. I also know the guy that just built another casino/hotel (or rebuilt an old one) that just opened up in the past month. Its also in walking distance to the stadium, its called The Cannery (I think the Cannery East?).


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    Re: A few tips for those going to Vegas

    Thanks for the information and welcome to CF.com!

    may we beat you handily on Saturday....

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    Re: A few tips for those going to Vegas

    Quote Originally Posted by rebelx View Post
    1) Stay off the strip: Places like Green Valley Ranch or even Sunset Station have the full Vegas experience, are closer to the stadium (you can walk from Sunset Station to Sam Boyd Stadium..and Green Valley Ranch is my favorite casino by far), and the gaming is better. Local casino slots have about (guesstimate) 5-10% better odds, on average...also, they have better poker rooms, and cheaper table games ($5 tables are common...some even had $2 tables), and much better sports books.

    2) I read on here that somebody says they've done it all....LOL! Look around there's so much in Vegas, you haven't done it all. If you need a day to do something other than gambling,
    go out to Redrock mountain....directly west of the city, about 10 minutes outside the city. Beautiful scenic park, and great rock climbing.

    Thank you Mr. "Where the **** were you 3 months ago when I made my reservations, guy?!?!"



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    Re: A few tips for those going to Vegas

    I really liked the Green Valley ranch last time I went to vegas but my gaming experience was a little opposite of what you claim.

    When I was there most of the blackjack tables etc had a $20 minimum. But that place was really big and maybe I was just in the wrong area.



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    Re: A few tips for those going to Vegas

    Green Valley Ranch is the best casino you have never heard of. They go above and beyond any other casino/hotel to make sure that the visitor has a good experience. It is worth going to despite the fact that it isn't on the strip.



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    Re: A few tips for those going to Vegas

    you're right GVR is a bit more touristy, but the casino and hotel are great, and its off the strip. Still, when you see a pit full of PaiGow poker tables, not just a bunch of blackjack tables, you know you're in a casino catered to knowledgeable gamers, not just a bunch of tourists they're trying to ripoff.

    Also, nearly every casino raises table minimum on the weekend and at nights. Although, the Sahara is an on-the-strip casino that locals love because they have $1 tables and great poker rooms, etc....



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    Re: A few tips for those going to Vegas

    Good info here rebelx. Also, I'd add to those of you staying on the north end of the strip(ie Stratoshpere area) - do not walk North of the Statosphere, take a cab if you have to go that direction.


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    Re: A few tips for those going to Vegas

    Rebelx... Solve one question people are asking. Can you buy beer and drink in the stadium??


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    Re: A few tips for those going to Vegas

    Thanks for the suggestions!



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    Re: A few tips for those going to Vegas

    you're right, its just not a great area of town, you have to deal with homeless crimes, hookers, gangs, and worst of all, that's where 90% of the lawyers offices in Vegas are located. Its just all around a bad area!!!



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    Re: A few tips for those going to Vegas

    Quote Originally Posted by bellzisu View Post
    Rebelx... Solve one question people are asking. Can you buy beer and drink in the stadium??
    Ummm, yeah, of course....I know we're in the same conference as BYU, but BYU we ain't



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    Re: A few tips for those going to Vegas

    I actually was in the vacant lot that is now the Green Valley Ranch at the beginning of the millennium. Perfect view of the strip for fire works, but Las Vegas canceled the fireworks show that night.

    Oh well.



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    Re: A few tips for those going to Vegas

    quick way to the stadium: To the south of the strip is the I-215 beltway, which you can enter from the strip. Take the beltway all the way east to Boulder Highway, take a left, and go a few miles and you're there. That's really the easiest way to do it. Any other way (from the south strip) you're probably getting jobbed by the taxi for fares.

    From downtown (anything from the Stratosphere north), you'd just take the I-95 South to Sunset (where the Sunset Station is), go left under the freeway and its about a mile ahead.



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    Re: A few tips for those going to Vegas

    Quote Originally Posted by keepngoal View Post
    Thanks for the information and welcome to CF.com!

    may we beat you handily on Saturday....

    -keep.

    Was that a question? If so, no you may not!

    FWIW, I don't think you'll win. I think this UNLV team is MUCH better than teams think (teams like ASU for example).



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    Re: A few tips for those going to Vegas

    Quote Originally Posted by rebelx View Post
    Was that a question? If so, no you may not!

    FWIW, I don't think you'll win. I think this UNLV team is MUCH better than teams think (teams like ASU for example).
    The Rebs are 1-2 right? Who did they lose to the first 2 games?


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