TI Resort Fees – Sometimes Optional

TI (formerly Treasure Island) has one of the highest resort fees on the Strip, but they are now optional in a few specific instances. Resort fees are required and in addition to the room rate displayed on all special offers with the exception of their TV Ad Special in which the resort fee is optional.  Resort fees may also be optional for qualified TI Players Club casino members as well as select meeting groups. Continue reading TI Resort Fees – Sometimes Optional

Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana review

This is a review of the original Zarkana show at Aria. The show has been reworked. Please visit the Zarkana 2014 page for my review of the current show.


A few weeks ago I used a myVEGAS Reward to get a free ticket to Zarkana. Since the seat was a non-Premium myVEGAS Reward seat, it was in section 402 in the center of the balcony.  It did give a good vantage point to get the big picture, but it was surprisingly far from the stage. When I picked up my ticket I inquired about getting an upgrade due to my Mlife status, but was told that since it was a myVEGAS Reward, it could not be upgraded.

The show follows Zark, the ringmaster, as he brings his haunted circus back to life.
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SkyJump Las Vegas

Every so often I like to do something a bit out of character. Most recently, it was the SkyJump.  The SkyJump at the Stratosphere is a controlled 855 foot free fall. It is the only  SkyJump in North America and the tallest one in the world.

It is similar to skydiving except that you don’t have to worry about pulling a cord or being blown off course. The guide wires of the SkyJump make sure that you fall straight down and don’t swing into the building. As you get close to the ground, the descender machine slows you down for a controlled landing. The free fall aspect of it is also similar to bungee jumping without the recoil. Physically, the SkyJump is a low impact, low stress ride. Mentally, that first step is a doozy. Continue reading SkyJump Las Vegas

Table Game Comps and Tiers

One of the things that came up during the Gambling With An Edge radio show was how casinos view table games. Slot machines are the casino’s money makers. Table games are offered because of public demand. They still have a house edge, but from a business standpoint many casinos would be happy to replace all but their high limit table games with slot machines. This impacts how they treat table games in terms of comps and tier advancement.

Here are a few things to consider.
Achieving Mlife’s Pearl status requires 25,000 Tier Points. That is:

$25,000 coin in on VP
$7,500 coin in on slots
About 11 hours of $100 per hand blackjack.
Or just $1000 in dining, entertainment, spa or lodging expenses.
Note that with the purchases you only get tier points. You do not get comps. Continue reading Table Game Comps and Tiers