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We might be a little too excited by new technology in Las Vegas. After all, mobile check-in and mobile concierge services are efficient and offer a way to enjoy more of Las Vegas without spending time in line or in the room making calls. Controlling all in-room tech from a tablet is great too. These are useful but not flashy.
 
Do you know what’s flashy? Robots!
 
 
 
 
 
I just about lost my mind when first hearing about the Robot Restaurant in Japan. The thought of a Robot Restaurant in Las Vegas is still on my mind. We’ll get there eventually. Robots are still just infiltrating Las Vegas. Tipsy Robot at Planet Hollywood was just the beginning. The robot arms are a fun show when making cocktails but they don’t leave the bar. Well, Vdara is taking robot fun to the next level in Las Vegas.

Your stay just got a little more personal with suite delivery by our robots, Fetch and Jett! #VdaraDelivers https://t.co/unDznnaA7s pic.twitter.com/mnNtyktkIP

— Vdara Hotel & Spa (@VdaraLV) July 9, 2018

 
Vdara Hotel at City Center (home to Aria) recently welcomed new additions to their team with two robots named Fetch and Jett. These two Relay robots are responsible for delivering snacks, sundries, and even spa products directly to guest suites. You can probably call them robot butlers or robot room service.
 
These bots work alongside their human colleagues to transport frequently forgotten and requested amenities including shaving and dental kits as well from the Market Café. More importantly, they will also deliver coffee, food and other drinks from the cafe.
 
Unlike traditional room service that could take an hour the robots move quickly! According to Vdara, a typical order will take less than five minutes to complete. That’s important for those of us that can’t start the day without a hot cup of coffee.
 
Fetch and Jett will call a guest’s room when they arrive and once the door opens, their lids will automatically unlock for guests to retrieve their snacks and travel kits. After removing their items, Fetch and Jett will ask the guest for feedback on their service before traveling back to their docking stations. Easy enough.
 
“Fetch and Jett are a fun and convenient addition to our team at Vdara. Guests enjoy the novelty of having their morning coffee and other items delivered by a robot, which frees up time for the rest of our staff to focus their energy on requests that require a higher level of service,” said Vdara General Manager Mary Giuliano. “We’re committed to creating special experiences for each guest, and I’m certain this will be a memorable one.”
 
The robots are a fun and useful addition to this all-suite hotel. Not everyone wants to stay at a hotel without a casino in Las Vegas but the price, quality of rooms and proximity to the casino at Aria make Vdara a serious contender for someone looking for a different Vegas Strip hotel experience. Additionally, Vdara is smoke-free and has a holistic spa and luxurious pool. We might be preferential to the robots but the value at Vdara might be more important for your next visit to Las Vegas
 

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Las Vegas is always changing. That’s part of why so many people return year after year. There’s always something new to see! There are two somewhat major changes coming to the Vegas Strip later this year. Each of the should be worth exploring when they open this fall.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar at Cosmopolitan

Earlier this year we profiled the restaurants at the Cosmopolitan. There are a lot of reason to visit at the Cosmo and dining is near the top of the list. Only a few casinos in Las Vegas can match the dining options at the Cosmo. While the casino operators could be happy with the with their great restaurants the Cosmopolitan is introducing a slew of new quick-serve restaurants.
 
The Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar will be sort of a modern take on a food court. The new space will offer six restaurants on the second level of the casino near the Boulevard Tower. While the new dining destination will be upscale, it should be less expensive than the traditional full-service restaurants at the Cosmopolitan.
 
You might be familiar with some of the restaurants as their original locations may come from cities around the country. Restaurants will include widely popular New Orleans restaurant, District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew., Ghost Donkey, a hotspot tequila and mezcal cocktail bar from New York City, Nashville’s hot Southern chicken restaurant Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Lardo, Portland chef Rick Gencarelli’s over-the-top sandwich eatery, James Beard Award-winning Chef Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok Wing from Portland, and Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake, an original Japanese handroll and sake concept from locally acclaimed Las Vegas Restaurateur, Takashi Segawa.
 
These new quick-serve restaurants will open in the fall of 2018. They join a fantastic lineup of restaurants that has always lacked a variety of dining options that are quick and inexpensive. One can only grab so many quick bites at Secret Pizza and Eggslut. The variety is welcome and should become popular pretty quickly.
 

Welcome Waldorf Astoria To Las Vegas

Earlier this year MGM Resorts sold the Mandarin Oriental to a mystery buyer. The future of the super high-end hotel was unknown for a little while. Well, now have some information on what will become of the hotel just outside of Aria on the Vegas Strip.
 
The Mandarin Oriental on the Las Vegas Strip will become the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas in August 2018. Waldorf Astoria will assume full operation of the property and plans to re-imagine and renovate the hotel with their own touches and improvements. This will be the first Waldorf Astoria in Las Vegas.
 
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas will participate in Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through waldorfastoria.com have access to benefits including a Personal Concierge and complimentary Wi-Fi. They haven’t revealed how non-member booking will work.
 
Waldorf Astoria is one of the most famous upscale hotel brands in the world. While the name the property will change the amenities should remain on par with Mandarin Oriental. The wonderful Mandarin Bar should remain intact. Hopefully, the new bar will continue the tradition of making delicious cocktails in a beautiful environment.
 

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One of the many reasons people visit Las Vegas is the gorgeous year-round weather. The winter gets slightly chilly at night but we’re in peak Vegas weather right now. It can be hot out but it’s not overbearing like the dog days of summer when temps are consistently above 110. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy some extra time in Las Vegas outdoors.
 
There plenty of restaurants that offer al fresco dining on the Vegas Strip. Unfortunately there are fewer bars that offer a place to kick back and have a nice relaxing cocktail or bucket of beers outside with fresh air and great views of Las Vegas.
 
 
This isn’t a “best of” list or a comprehensive list of every bar to grab a drink outdoors on the Vegas Strip. This is just a look at some of the most fun bars and relaxing lounges to grab some drinks with outdoor seating and a view of the Vegas Strip. Some are great for people watching while others simply have fresh air and great views.
 
Beer Park (Paris)
This is a fun outdoor bar with a great view of the Bellagio fountain show. There’s ample seating at the bars and picnic tables if you want to grab a bite. There are also games like cornhole if you don’t feel like sitting around. Beer snobs will hate that this is a Budweiser bar. However, Budweiser owns many smaller breweries and there are a few options for people that like a more flavorful beer. There’s also a full bar so beer isn’t the only drink available at the Beer Park.
 
Cabo Wabo and PBR Rock Bar (Planet Hollywood)
These two bar and restaurants are grouped together because they’re almost mirror venues at the north and south sides of Planet Hollywood. Cabo Wabo serves Mexican fare with a focus on margaritas and tequila. PBR Rock Bar serves American BBQ with a focus on beer and really any kind of drink you can imagine. The patios are just above the Vegas Strip and can offer fun people watching or just a fun fresh air atmosphere to have a few too many drinks.
 
Lagasse’s Stadium (The Palazzo)
This is sort of a hidden fresh air gem. Not many people look to the strip side of Lagasse’s Stadium when visiting the sports book/bar/restaurant. That’s a mistake as the outdoor area is great to relax, watch sports and maybe even enjoy a cigar outside. There are TV’s for different sections and even a billiards table. The outside area at Lagasse’s Stadium is particularly fun when there isn’t too much happening in sports since the majority of TV’s are inside.
 
Nine Fine Irishmen (New York-New York)
Nine Fine Irishmen is probably the best Irish Pub on the Vegas Strip. It’s definitely my favorite whether I’m inside enjoying bangers and mash or outside drinking a Harp. The food is good, the entertainment is always fun and the ability to just grab a seat or table outside on the Vegas Strip is amazing. This is a great place to people watch or just hang out with friends and enjoy a fine Irish beer.
 
SkyFall and Foundation Room (Delano and Mandalay Bay, respectively)
These aren’t what you’d call traditional outdoor bars. The lounges each have AMAZING top floor views from the patio of their respective towers at Mandalay Bay. Both offer similar views of the Vegas Strip but different experiences. SkyFall Lounge is a bit more refined lounge to relax and sip a cocktail. The Foundation Room is more of a clubby environment but not necessarily a club for millennials. While anyone can enjoy the vibe inside and outside, the partying guests tend to be closer to Generation X and up.
 
Carnival Court (Harrah’s)
There’s only one reason to visit Carnival Court outside of Harrah’s. This is a bar for partying. Everything and everyone from the bands, DJ’s and flair bartenders are here to get the party started. Word of caution: Avoid Carnival Court if you’re not looking to be around loud people who want to have a drunken fun time.
 

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New bars open on the Vegas Strip all the time. However, these two new themed bars aren’t just new places to grab a drink. Each should attract visitors because they’re both “Only in Vegas” kind of experiences. Let’s take a look.
 
The Hangover Bar at Madame Tussauds (The Venetian)
 
Museums aren’t for everyone. Museums in Las Vegas might be for even fewer people. Madame Tussauds wax museum at The Venetian might change your mind. The attraction recently added The Hangover Bar for guests of legal drinking age all to enjoy. Yes, the Vegas Strip museum now includes an attraction where you can drink.
 
Guests at The Hangover Bar will be transported to the scene from the movie where Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug’s rooftop toast that kicked off the wild series of events that take place throughout “The Hangover.” This is more than just another wax attraction at Madame Tussauds. This is a full-service bar.
 
The Hangover Bar offers specialty drinks inspired by the movie “The Hangover” including the Wolf Pack (jägermeister), the Buttery Nipple (buttershots liqueur, Irish cream), the Royal Flush (peach schnapps, jägermeister, cranberry juice), and the 3 Leg Monkey (root beer vodka, crown royal, coke).
 
The bar is designed to remind guests of the scene in the movie. Industrial design elements should invoke the memories of the roof of Caesars Palace where the scene takes place. Specific features include ducting tables and pipes, an aircon feature, an LED backdrop of the world-famous Las Vegas skyline, and more.
 
“We’re always looking for new ways for guests to interact within the attraction,” said General Manager Gabriel Hewitt. “The Hangover Bar is a natural extension of The Hangover Experience, allowing guests to order up drinks and toast to a time in Vegas they’ll never forget, all against a stunning LED backdrop of the city.”
 
Blue Moon Bar (Planet Hollywood)
 
The Blue Moon Bar is new but it’s not quite a brand-new space. The new bar essentially replaces the old circular bar in front of Zappos Theater (formerly Axis Theater) at Planet Hollywood. The new bar will include Blue Moon’s flagship beer, Blue Moon Belgian White, as well as seasonal and limited-release beers from Blue Moon Brewing Company.
 
Guests will also have the unique opportunity to order exclusive offerings usually only available at Blue Moon’s River North Brewery in Denver, Colorado. Non-beer drinkers can also enjoy a drink in the new bar. In addition to a variety of beers, the bar will also feature a line-up of select seasonal beer-based cocktails.
 
In addition to the beer, the Blue Moon Bar has one feature the bar near the Zappos Theater didn’t have. The new bar will have video poker.
 
“We are very excited to partner with Blue Moon and expand our unique entertainment offerings at Planet Hollywood. Blue Moon Bar is perfectly situated, located adjacent to Zappos Theater, home to some of the best live entertainment in the city,” said Nathan Armogan, Vice President and General Manager of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. “With newly renovated guest rooms, world-class entertainment and restaurants, Blue Moon Bar will be another excellent addition.”
 

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Downtown Las Vegas can sometimes seem like an exotic destination away from the Vegas Strip. Truth be told, it’s only about a 15-minute car ride north into historic old Vegas. There is a mall of casinos, museums, coffee shops, art galleries and even an outdoor mall for the family. Downtown Las Vegas isn’t the Vegas Strip but it’s definitely Las Vegas.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Different Downtown Las Vegas Experiences

There are two downtown Las Vegas experiences for me. Sometimes the mood says that I need the entertainment and the proximity of casinos to visit so I’ll stay somewhere under the Fremont Street Experience. Other visits to downtown Las Vegas I just want to relax so I’ll stay away from the magnificent chaos.
 
El Cortez is often my choice for a crash pad when staying away from the Fremont Street Experience since the rooms are cheap and it’s part of the Fremont East section of downtown Las Vegas. This small section of downtown is only a total of six blocks. Fremont East extends from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street and from Ogden Street South to Carson.
 

Fremont East

 
The open-air section of downtown Las Vegas can sometimes feel a tad more subdued than the Fremont Street Experience. However, this doesn’t mean the area is any less fun. The Downtown Container Park is a small eating, drinking and shopping area that surrounds a park with a treehouse. While it’s fun for all ages, the adults can find solace at the bars.
 
The entertainment continues outside of the casinos with a variety of bars and restaurants. The Downtown Cocktail room is often in the running for best cocktail bars in Las Vegas. The new restaurant and bar, Eureka!, has one of the best beer menus in downtown Las Vegas. Evil Pie has one of the best slices of pizza you’ll find at a relative bargain price. Le Thai is across the street on Fremont and considered one of the best Thai restaurants in Las Vegas.
 

It All Starts At El Cortez

 
El Cortez is the first casino I visited in downtown Las Vegas. Its “charm” included dented cans of beer, burnt felt on the blackjack tables and cocktail waitresses walking around asking “can the El Cortez buy you a drink?” This was a different world from the Vegas Strip and I was hooked.
 
Times have changed and the El Cortez has new felt on the tables and no longer serves beer in a can. The property has upgraded but hasn’t lost its soul. It’s not a fancy casino-hotel but it will always hold a place close to my heart. Whether I’m visiting for the day or looking for a cheap place to crash the El Cortez is the epicenter of half of my visits to downtown Las Vegas.
 
Downtown Las Vegas casinos don’t have the flash of their counterparts on the Vegas Strip. Each property has to offer something that makes them special. The D has Sigma Derby upstairs and a party downstairs, Downtown Grand offers esports, Binion’s and Golden Gate have history and so on. One of the ways El Cortez separates itself from the pack is through its promotions.
 
Pasta for Players is has a complimentary daily pasta special for gamblers. Every Memorial Day, they serve White Castle sliders to everyone gambling. They serve tableside pie on other holidays. Gamblers get a free ice cream sandwich on certain jackpots each Wednesday. The dented cans are gone and now they’re the only casino to keep a tub of beer in the gaming pit for quick access.
 
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s no other casino in Las Vegas offering such a random array of promotions. If nothing else, El Cortez is a unique experience. It’s also my gateway to the Fremont East part of downtown Las Vegas. Oh yeah, El Cortez is historic. It’s the longest continuously running hotel and casino in Las Vegas.
 

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Casino loyalty clubs (commonly known as players clubs) are a great way to receive discounts and comps in Las Vegas. Earning rewards in Las Vegas that can only be used in Las Vegas isn’t convenient for most people who travel to Las Vegas. Thankfully, there are multiple casino operators that have casinos in Las Vegas and around the country. Not only can you earn and redeem points close to home but you can keep your account active by visiting local casinos in between visits to Las Vegas.
 
Through the years, MGM Resorts International has mostly been seen as a Las Vegas casino operator. MGM Resorts International has ten casinos on the Vegas Strip. That’s the most casinos on the Vegas Strip for one casino operator and doesn’t include properties like Delano, Vdara, and MGM Signature.
 
M Life Rewards is their loyalty club that was mostly used only in Las Vegas. That started to really change in the past couple of years as they’ve added new M Life Rewards properties in the United States and around the world.
 

MGM National Harbor

MGM National Harbor casino opened in Maryland at the end of 2016. While MGM Resorts International had casinos in Detroit and Mississippi, this was the beginning of an east coast growth spurt for the casino operator. This opening was the beginning of M Life Rewards expansion on the east coast.
 

Borgata

Shortly before MGM National Harbor opened, MGM Resorts International announced they were purchasing the remaining half of the Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ that they didn’t own. This purchase allowed Borgata to become another M Life Rewards casino on the east coast after the purchase was completed in 2017.
 

MGM Springfield

MGM Springfield is scheduled to open August 24, 2018. This brand new casino in Springfield, MA will give guests from New England quick access to an M Life Rewards property. Visitors at MGM Springfield will have a typical MGM Resorts experience. However, unlike some of its predecessors, MGM Springfield will not be a massive resort. Rather the unique urban casino will have a small five-story, 250 room boutique hotel.
 

Empire City

Most recently MGM Resorts International announced that they’ve acquired Empire City Casino in Yonkers, New York. This will be another departure for MGM Resorts as this casino is part of a horse race track and doesn’t have a hotel, multiple dining options or any resort like amenities. Many see this as an acquisition so MGM Resorts can offer sports betting to customers in New York state. Regardless, this will become an M Life Rewards property in 2019 when the deal is complete.
 

MGM Resorts Around The World

MGM Resorts International is a global company with casinos and hotels around the world. M Life Rewards may be earned and used at casinos such as MGM Cotai and MGM Macau. The MGM Resorts International loyalty club is also connected with Diaoyutai Hotel Hangzhou, Diaoyutai Boutique Hotel Chengdu, and the brand new Bellagio Shanghai. You can read about the newest non-gaming Bellagio here.
 
M Life Rewards was already one of the most useful loyalty clubs in Las Vegas with access to so many properties. The addition of casinos and hotels all around the world make earning points to use for discounts and comps for shows, restaurants, etc. easier than ever.
 

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Independence Day around the United States is July 4th. Depending on where you live Independence Day may or may not be celebrated on that day. Las Vegas doesn’t have time to wait around to celebrate most holidays. This year the Independence Day celebrations in Las Vegas take place before July!
 
Independence Day celebrations in Las Vegas start as early as June 30th. Hears a look at casinos around Las Vegas where that you can find 4th of July fireworks celebrations in Las Vegas this year.
 
 
 

Vegas Strip

 
Caesars Palace
Move people who travel to Vegas start at the Vegas Strip and so will our list of casinos hosting fireworks shows. The largest fireworks show on the Vegas Strip this year will emanate from Caesars Palace on Saturday, June 30. Fireworks will be set off from the top of the Julius Tower at approximately 9:15 p.m. sharp. The fireworks show should begin at 9:15 but they were a little late last year and might be again this year. It’s better safe than sorry and arrive early if you want to catch the fireworks over Caesars Palace that last about 13 minutes.
 
Sidewalk space tends to fill up early to watch this free show so you should arrive early to stake out a good place to watch. You can make reservations at some bars, restaurants, and the High Roller observation wheel if you really want a good vantage point. Of course, you’ll have to pay for those. Watching from the sidewalk on the Vegas Strip is free.
 
Mandalay Bay
After skipping a year, the Mandalay Bay is bringing back their July 4th concert and fireworks show. Unlike the Caesars Palace fireworks show, this actually takes place on July 4th. You’ll be able to see the fireworks around the south end of the Vegas Strip but the best vantage point is Mandalay Beach where the Mystic Roots concert takes place. Tickets are approximately $20 plus fees for the concert.
 

Downtown Las Vegas

 
Plaza
The Plaza celebrates Independence Day on June 30th with Pool Party and fireworks show. The party at the pool starts at 7 pm and the fireworks show at the Plaza begins at 10:45 pm. Since many of the casinos in downtown Las Vegas are located under the Fremont Street Experience canopy you might want to head up to the pool party for the best view. This is a quick four-minute fireworks show so make sure you’re on time.
 

Around Las Vegas

 
Red Rock, Green Valley Ranch, Texas Station, Fiesta Rancho
Station Casinos will have fireworks shows at four different casinos at 9 pm on July 4. The “July 4th Fireworks Blast” will be a nine-minute show presented by the Grucci Family. The Station Casinos blog is constantly updating their blog with times and ways you can reserve the best fireworks viewing at each casino. These fireworks shows can usually be easily watched anywhere close to the properties if you miss out on the viewing options at the casinos.
 

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There are plenty of foodie events in Las Vegas throughout the year. However, none quite match the convenience of Las Vegas Restaurant Week. Now in its 12th installment, Las Vegas Restaurant Week gives restaurants in Las Vegas and their customers the opportunity to give back through the culinary arts.
 
Restaurant Week in Las Vegas takes place from June 18 through June 29. It’s a little longer than a week, but that’s a good thing. Some restaurants have even elected to extend their deals into July. Check individual restaurants for details. Restaurant week offers special pre-fixe meals at some of Las Vegas’ top restaurants. Multi-course lunches are $20 and $30 while dinners range from $30 to $80.
 
Restaurant week offer more than just great dining deals. Part of proceeds will benefit Three Square Food Bank. Your meal alone could provide up to 18 meals for those in need. Since 2007, nearly 4 million meals have been provided for those in need through Restaurant Week. The goal of Restaurant Week is to feed the more than 271,000 people in Southern Nevada.
 
Restaurant Week in Las Vegas is truly a win-win-win. Diners have a good excuse to try a new restaurant. The pre-fixe meal prices are sometimes a nice discount from regular the regular menu. The round prices are easy to budget around too. Additionally, it’s nice to know that some of the money spent on a deal is going to a good cause.
 
Restaurant operators give back to the community and help feed people in need. Meanwhile, the food bank sees a huge increase in donations thanks to all of the businesses and customers spreading the good word.
 
Restaurants from the Vegas Strip to the suburbs participate in Restaurant Week. You can see a list of participants and their menus here (scroll down a little). This 10-day event is a great excuse to visit a restaurant you love, try a new restaurant that you might not normally be able to afford or explore what restaurants outside of the normal touristy locations on the Vegas Strip.
 
Here’s a look at a few different restaurants and menus you might want to explore during Restaurant Week in Las Vegas. All of the deals are good but some might suit you better.
 
Bazaar Meat (SLS Las Vegas)
 
This restaurant is billed as a steakhouse but it’s much more. The steak is great but chef Jose Andres has a massive menu with unique items that you won’t find anywhere else in Las Vegas. Dinner and drinks here can easily reach $150-$200 per person. This tasting menu will keep you to $105 if you add a wine pairing. You’ll save a few bucks if you don’t drink. Note that this is a tasting menu so each course will be smaller than normal.
 

 
Del Frisco’s Steakhouse (Paradise)
 
Del Frisco’s is a chain steakhouse and you may not visit Las Vegas to eat at a restaurant that’s all over the country. Having said that, this is among the best in the chain of restaurants that I’ve tried. The reason this dinner is highlighted is because it’s a great deal. The 3-course meal for $50 features an 8 ounce filet mignon that’s normally $43. When you add in the price of a salad and dessert you have a serious deal and a great meal with fantastic service.
 

 
Mon Ami Gabi (Paris Las Vegas)
 
This restaurant has among the best dining views in Las Vegas. The wait for a table outside on the Vegas Strip with a view of the Bellagio Fountains is worth the time. In addition to the great view, Mon Ami Gabi has one of the best Restaurant Week deals. The 3-course lunch includes the choice of the prime steak sandwich. This selection alone is normally $18.95. Add the appetizer and salad and you have a huge meal at nearly half the everyday price.
 

 

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Almost three out of every four visitors to Las Vegas spend some time and money gambling. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s Visitor Profile, 74% of people visiting Las Vegas gambled in 2017. That’s the highest percentage of visitors to Las Vegas that have gambled in the past five years.
 
Unfortunately, the amount of time they spent gambling was the lowest over the past five years. Vistors gambled just over one and a half hours during their vacation. Las Vegas isn’t the same as it was 10 years ago. There are plenty of things to do that don’t involve gambling. Additionally, casino operators have changed the rules and payout schedules of some casino games to increase their revenue.
 
It’s not all the fault of the casino. Gamblers are playing games and making wagers that may not be the best use of their money. Side bets sometimes have a big payout, but they rarely pay actual odds of the bonus occurring. These bets often come with an even high house edge. In the short term, good things can happen and players may hit a jackpot. However, over time the long-term odds usually catch up.
 
Let’s take a look at how you can play the best versions of different games in the casino.
 

Blackjack

This is the most popular game with visitors in Las Vegas. You’ll find different rules at different blackjack tables. Sometimes a single casino can have so many options that you can lose your mind looking for the best game. Here’s a list of the best (and worst) blackjack games in Las Vegas. This is a great resource but let me offer a couple quick tips.
 
Blackjack Payout – A game that pays 3:2 for blackjack is better than 6:5 which is better than even money. While Hooters offers a $1 blackjack game it only pays even money for blackjack which is the worst in Las Vegas. Some electronic blackjack games pay even money too. While you may spend less to play these games, you’re playing a game that will take your money faster than a game with better rules. Bottom line, look for 3:2 blackjack to get the most out of your bankroll.
 
Location – Casinos on the Vegas Strip are typically more expensive than casinos downtown and off the Strip. Blackjack is no different. You’ll find more affordable games with rules that benefit the player more when you leave the Vegas Strip casinos. Unlike the Strip, many of the casinos offer blackjack games that pay 3:2 for under $25 per hand. This should keep your bankroll live for longer than the 6:5 games on the Vegas Strip.
 

Craps

Craps looks complicated but is a simple game when you remove the bad betting options. The craps games with the lowest house edge offer the best odds. However, you’ll need some cash to take advantage of the high odds offered in a couple of casinos. The Cromwell on the Vegas Strip offers 100x odds on passline and come bets. The house edge is almost zero (0.00006) but you’ll need a large bankroll to take advantage of this as the minimum bet is often $10 or $15.
 
You can head to downtown Las Vegas and play the 20x odds game at Main Street Station. This minimum bet is often $5 and the house edge with max odds is minuscule at 0.00029. You’ll spend $105 minimum per roll to take advantage of the odds. The best options might be the handful of craps games in downtown Las Vegas with 10x odds and a $5 minimum bet. This is a relatively small $55 bet for a game with a house edge of only 0.00055.
 
Even the worst craps games have wagers available with a low house edge. Just stick to the passline or come bets to take advantage of the low house edge. This means that you’ll miss the fun of the big payouts with a hardway or prop bet. However, your money should last longer.
 

Roulette

One of the latest trends at table games is adding another slot to the roulette wheel. The simplicity of roulette makes is a popular game with most players. Most tables in Las Vegas casinos have 0 and/or 00 options. The single zero game has a house edge of 2.7%. Double zero is the version of roulette that you see in most casinos and has a house edge of 5.26%. Now there’s a new and worse version of roulette.
 
Casinos have added another slot on the roulette wheel. The new “000” roulette might have a logo instead of three zeros but the house edge with this additional slot is 7.69%. You can avoid this game just by looking at the layout of the table. The minimum bet for 000 roulette might be lower than the other games but that’s not always the case. Look around for the best roulette game in the casino. This new version is more difficult to win and your time gambling should be lower than the other games.
 

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According to the most recent Las Vegas Visitors Profile, 57% of visitors to Las Vegas make a trip to downtown Las Vegas. The Vegas experience is completely different when you add a day or night adventure downtown to the mix.
 
For years downtown Las Vegas was also known as Old Vegas. After all, the area is home to the El Cortez (longest continuously running hotel and casino in Las Vegas) and Golden Gate (oldest hotel in Las Vegas). This hasn’t been Old Vegas for a few years now.
 
 
 
 
While the area embraces its history downtown Las Vegas has seen a lot of changes in the past decade. New businesses and venues have opened all over downtown. While everyone respects the tradition of the area, not every business plays to the kitschy old Vegas theme.
 
Today downtown Las Vegas is a fun mixture of modern and historic Vegas. The visitors are also a different mixture then you’ll find on the Vegas Strip. More local residents visit downtown Las Vegas and the casinos and attractions have a different vibe than the Vegas Strip which is mostly tourists. The combination is just a different kind of fun.
 
There are plenty of free things to enjoy in downtown Las Vegas such as the summer concert series. There’s also a mixture of unique things that you can’t enjoy anywhere else in Las Vegas. Here are four activities you can enjoy in downtown Las Vegas for under $25.
 

Slotzilla

SlotZilla is a 12-story zip line ride that flies above the crowd at the Fremont Street Experience. Riders are shot out from a giant slot machine on two different levels. The lower level zip line ride is $20 during the day ($25 at night). The upper-level zoom line is a face-first flight that costs twice as much. Stick to the lower level and get a better view of the crowd below. Ride at night for a close up of all the neon in downtown Las Vegas
 

Neon Museum and Boneyard

The Neon Museum and Boneyard is located just away from most of the action in downtown Las Vegas. The indoor/outdoor museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs. Not only can you learn something about Las Vegas, but you can take enough pictures to make your Facebook and Instagram friends jealous that you’re vacationing in beautiful Las Vegas. Visit during the day to take advantage of the $19 fee for tours.
 

Fear The Walking Dead Survival Attraction

This is a relatively new addition to the fun at the Fremont Street Experience. The first-of-its-kind experience is inspired by AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” TV series. The unique attraction is an immersive 4-dimensional zombie experience that is partially a maze and partially an interactive game. Tickets for this very different experience are $24.
 

Mob Museum

To the surprise of some, the Mob Museum isn’t a cartoonish look at the mafia. The mission of the museum is to better the understanding of organized crime’s history and impact on American society. Las Vegas is a big part of the history of organized crime but it isn’t the only place it exists. The museum looks at Las Vegas, other American cities and even across the borders at crime networks around the world. Tickets are normally $26.95 but you can save up to $5/ticket if you buy online. This online discount keeps the attraction under $25!
 

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