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Visit Las Vegas and Save Some Money, Tourist Guide

The Money You Bet in Vegas, Stays in Vegas

Whether you’ve been dating for a year or just think spending some money is the best way to get down her pants, Vegas is a great place to show your love while still having fun. Sexy men and women provide eye-candy for all. Most ask “How can I afford a trip like that? I am only in college and I can barely afford to eat.” Well, suck it up, live on bread and water for a month, and follow my easy tips to an affordable luxury vacation.


Depending on what floats your boat, you may want to enter a Texas hold-um tournament, cruise the blackjack tables, or spend time at the slots. Regardless of your choice, one rule applies to them all: only spend what you are willing to loose. But Beth, you cry, I already knew that. Well, here is something that perhaps you don’t know. Before you leave, decide what games you want to play. Generally you can find coupons that will give you such benefits like spend $20 and get $40 worth of slot play, or double cash back at black jack. Also, if you have a certain hotel you like to play at, it may be to your advantage to join their player’s club, which has rewards and double cash back, and other money saving things like that.

In Vegas, you get free drinks while you gamble. Granted, they are not the tastiest concoctions, but, nonetheless, they are free. To maximize your money and drinking time at the tables, don’t play every hand. Sit out and watch for a bit, and only play occasionally. If you go with a friend, don’t play while your friend plays, and let your friend watch you while you play. Make the casino give you something for nothing! Now, remember, as you drink, you will play worse, hence my first rule, only bet what you are willing to lose, but the odds are against you anyway so live it up while you can!

Las Vegas Shows

My favorite part of Vegas! I love going from casino to casino and checking out what they have. Don’t worry, you don’t have to break the bank to watch these, just follow these tips:

  1. Almost every casino has at lease one free show. Circus Circus has a free acrobat show and other famous ones include: Fountain show, pirate show, and the volcano show. Other casinos have hidden shows so check them out before you leave for Nevada.
  2. If you don’t have a specific show to see, check online for two-for-one coupons. These will save you a lot of money. I saved over $200 on my last trip. Simply split the cost of one with your friend/lover and have fun. Almost all the shows in Vegas are good; so don’t worry if you haven’t heard of it before.
  3. If you have a specific show you want to see, find out what hotel it is at. Then, call the hotel and see if they have a guest discount. You may find it to your advantage to stay at that hotel. Also, search online for coupons. You never know what you will find.


Number one rule of buffets is this: All buffets in Vegas cost about $7. The difference is the food quality. If you are staying in old Vegas, do not eat at your hotel’s restaurants. Go to the Palms or the MGM Grand and eat a nice meal for the same price. Otherwise, look online for coupons. Planet Hollywood and Hard Rock Café have $5 off ones and there are many more. I found lots of coupons for 10-20% off various establishments. Coupons really can save you a lot of money if you take the time to look for them.

Hotels and Airfare

These may seem expensive, but in actuality, they are not. Look online for special offers and both of these can become very cheap. Don’t book these too early though, especially the hotel room, so they have more time to issue offers if business is slow. Most hotels offer a different rate for weekdays than weekends, so think about taking your vacation during the week. And remember, Vegas is one of the cheapest places in the world to fly to, so don’t get stressed out!

The keys to a cheap and fun vacation are planning, timing, and taking it slow, just like with any satisfying endeavor.

Short 10 Question Poker Quiz

Short 10 Question Poker Quiz

Think you know everything about poker and poker players?

These are not questions about the best way to play a hand. Rather, these questions are about the culture of poker and the people of poker.

Give it a shot. Answers below.

1. The banker in the book, The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King

A. Howard Lederer
B. Barry Greenstein
C. Andy Beal
D. Andy Bloch

2. His neighbors in Longworth, Texas walked across the street so as not to be seen with a professional gambler

A. Amarillo Slim Preston
B. Doyle Brunson
C. Jack Straus
D. Sailor Roberts

3. The subject of the movie, “High Roller,” and the book, “One of a Kind.”

A. Phil Hellmuth
B. Stu Ungar
C. Phil Ivey
D. Chris “Jesus” Ferguson

4. The “Devilfish”

A. Carlos Mortensen
B. Dewey Tomko
C. Layne Flack
D. David Ulliott

5. The “Unabomber”

A. The boyfriend of Jennifer Tilly
B. The husband of Jen Harman
C. The chauffer of Kathy Liebert
D. The wife of T. J. Cloutier

6. His wife is a psychiatrist

A. Ted Forrest
B. Daniel Negreanu
C. Josh Arieh
D. Phil Hellmuth

7. Mom and Dad have Ph.D’s and so does this pro

A. Howard Lederer
B. Cindy Violette
C. Chris Moneymaker
D. Chris “Jesus” Ferguson

8. The first wife of Tom Cruise is a serious player

A. Nicole Kidman
B. Katie Holmes
C. Shannon Elizabeth
D. Mimi Rogers

9. Finished second to Joe Hachem at main event of the 2005 World Series of Poker

A. Mike Matusow
B. Greg Raymer
C. Steve Dannenmann
D. David Grey

10. The poker-playing son of Barry Greenstein

A. Huck Seed
B. John Murphy
C. Robert Varkonyi
D. Joe Sebok

And the answers:

1. Andy Beal is the banker in the Michael Craig book, “The Professor (Howard Lederer), the Banker, and the Suicide King (the king of hearts). This is the story of the richest poker game of all time where a team of pros took of billionaire Beal. There is some dispute about just how much money actually changed hands, but at $100,000 and $200,000 a pop, there was once $20 million dollars on the table at the Bellagio.

2. Doyle Brunson tells the story of his neighbors crossing the street so as not to be seen with – gasp – a professional gambler. In Super Systems 2, not only will you learn a great deal about how to play poker, but you’ll also learn a great deal about Brunson’s fascinating life. He has a master’s degree in education, trained to be a school principal, worked as a salesman for a time, but was making more at poker than at sales, so . . .

3. Tony Vidmer is the director of the movie, “High Roller,” originally titled, “Stuey.” You can catch this on DVD. The story of Stu Ungar is also told in a terrific book by Nolan Dalla and Peter Alson, “One of a Kind. The Rise and Fall of Stuey Ungar, the Greatest Poker Player of All Time.” This book covers Stuey’s rise and fall, to his end in a porn hotel north of the Strip, where he died, broke and alone. Friends took up a collection to pay for his funeral.

4. Englishman David Ulliott is the “Devilfish.” He wears a ring that spells out “Devilfish” (big ring). The devilfish is a Chinese culinary delicacy that could kill you if not properly prepared. Beware the “Devilfish.”

5. “Unabomber” Phil Laak hides behind a sweatshirt with the hood pulled up. He is also the squeeze of Jennifer Tilly, the Academy Award-nominated actress. Has teamed up with actor James Woods in a series of team challenges. Has come out on top twice.

6. Phil Hellmuth’s wife is a psychiatrist. Some say she needs to do a little more work on him. She has to be proud of his nine World Series of Poker bracelets. She apparently handles Phil, her own profession, and two boys well. They make their home in Palo Alto, California.

7. Chris “Jesus” Ferguson is the son of two academics. Chris got his Ph. D. in computer science from UCLA. He and his Dad publish scholarly papers on game theory. Chris says he would like to be a professor in a university someday. When not playing poker, he is into swing dancing.

8. Mimi Rogers, a former Playboy model, is a serious poker player. She is often seen on Bravo TV’s, “Celebrity Poker Showdown,” co-hosted by pro Phil Gordon. Traveled to Ireland in 2005 to open The Gaming Club World Poker Championships. Has played Mrs. Kensington in several Austin Powers movies.

9. Steve Dannenmann came in second after an exhausting heads-up battle with winner, Joe Hachem, a former chiropractor from Australia. Joe picked up $7.5 million but Steve shed no tears as this Maryland accounted pocketed $4.25 mil. Credits a book by World Series of Poker winner, Dan Harrington, as a major factor in his success.

10. Joe Sebok was about six years old when Barry Greenstein married his Mom. Joe is close to his biological father, but proudly considers Barry as his Dad. Barry dedicated his book, “Ace on the River,” to his six kids, including Joe, of course. Also known as “Joe Poker” in his articles for Card Player Magazine. Dad’s lessons are paying off: Joe made a final table at two World Series of Poker events in 2005.

How did you do?

9-10 correct.
You’re ready for the World Series of Poker. Get $10,000 together and go for it.

7-8 correct.
How about a World Poker Tour event in the Caribbean?

5-6 correct.
Stick with $2/$4 tables

4 or less.
Stick with free online games.