The beginning of the year is the best time to get the new edition of a few of my favorite guide/resource books.
The American Casino Guide has information about casinos across the United States as well as guidance on how to play many casino games. The big draw for this guide, though, is the coupon section. At the beginning of January, I was able to turn The D $25 Matchplay and Push Your Bet on 22 into a $50 profit, more than covering the price of the book. Those coupons are also the reason many people like myself buy the book year after year. Here is the 2019 coupon list.
Eating Las Vegas is another handy resource. The in-depth reviews and commentary are for higher end restaurants, but it has info on more accessible restaurants, too. They also include some good tips for having the best dining experience whether you are dining solo or with a group. Most of the reviews are Strip-based, but there are local options, too.
I’ve been playing and writing about myVEGAS since it started. It has evolved a lot over the years. While I have discussed many aspects of it, some of that info is only in the comments or is spread across multiple posts. This is my attempt at sharing as much as possible in one post (with links to a few existing posts with more detail).
What is myVEGAS?
myVEGAS is a family of games produced by PLAYSTUDIOS. The games currently include myVEGAS and myKonamiSlots on Facebook as well as myVEGAS Slots, MyKonamiSlots, PopSlots and myVEGAS Blackjack for Android and iOS devices. All of these games are linked through Facebook and you need a Facebook account in order to earn Rewards.
Ever wanted to go to Las Vegas, but also get away from, well, Las Vegas? Vdara might be exactly what you are looking for. It is a non-gaming hotel located in MGM’s CityCenter. It is a little out of the way, located behind Aria and the Bellagio, and is well protected from the hustle and bustle of the Strip. Vdara itself has very little to offer other than that at the hotel. There are no shows or nightclubs. No high-end dining. It has a cafe/market, a Starbucks and the Vice-Versa lounge. If you want anything else, you need to leave the property. That is counter to the typical casino resort design, but makes a lot of sense since MGM would rather you get over to the casino and the various shows, restaurants and shopping at Aria and Bellagio instead of spending all of your time at Vdara. And if you want to get a little further out, you can always catch the tram to the ParkMGM and the far end of Aria.
The Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay is one of my favorite Las Vegas spots. Good music, food, drink and a great view of the Strip. It is a nightclub after 10pm, but if you are looking for a more relaxed, accessible way to experience it, check out their Nibbles & Sips happy hour. It runs 6p-8p Sunday-Thursday. Lounge access is free during happy hour and they have $10 small plates/appetizers and $5 drink specials as well as the full menu and full bar. Early in the evening it is quiet enough to hold a conversation and finding a table in the lounge or a spot at the bar is relatively easy.
UPDATE (March 8):
This promotion ended early for non-local players. If you have a Nevada ID, though, you can still take advantage of it through the end of March.
At the end of last year, Total Rewards ran a promo at the Rio and Planet Hollywood, where you would receive a free buffet after earning 50 points in a day. 50 Points is $500 coin-in on video poker or $250 coin-in for slots. The promo now covers the Flamingo, Harrah’s, Paris, Planet Hollywood and the Rio and has been extended through March.
After you earn 50 points go to the Total Rewards booth or promotional kiosk at that casino to receive a voucher for a free buffet at any of the participating casinos. It is limited to one redemption per card, per day, but you can use it multiple times through the end of March.