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Free Self-Driving Shuttle in Downtown Las Vegas

AAA is doing a year-long test of a driverless shuttle in downtown Las Vegas.  It runs a loop  from Fremont Street, to 8th St, to Carson Ave, To Las Vegas Blvd, back to Fremont Street.loop for self driving shuttle

The shuttle runs from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Sunday. You do not have to be a AAA member to ride the free shuttle. The main stop is at the Downtown Container Park (7th and Fremont Street) with additional stops near the  Fremont Street Experience and The Donut Bar. Continue reading Free Self-Driving Shuttle in Downtown Las Vegas

10 Interesting and Unusual Las Vegas Facts

Here are 10 Las Vegas facts that you might not be familiar with.

Online Gambling

You can play online for real money while in Las Vegas again. Nevada is one of the several US states leading the revolution for American online casino players. The market is very different now than it was prior to 2006 and the UIGEA act, but it is returning. Many land-based casinos have been developing their own apps for online sports betting, poker and casino games as well. I’ve been enjoying the playMGM app for betting at MGM properties.

The Englishman That Sold Everything to Play Roulette

Ashley Revell risked everything … and won! In 2004, an Englishman in Las Vegas risked everything to truly go Double or Nothing. He sold everything, even his clothes, before betting $135,300 on a spin of the roulette wheel at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The ball landed on Red 7 and Revell doubled his money to $270,600. He then tipped the dealer $600 and disappeared from the casino.

A few years later a group of American kids bet a quarter million dollars at the Golden Gate (next door to the Plaza) as part of an MTV show. It is the currently the largest single roulette bet on record. They lost.

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Superstitions and Gambling Trip Rituals

Earlier I wrote about how I prepare for a gambling trip. There are a few trip rituals I have, too, which got me thinking about rituals and superstition in Las Vegas. When playing Pai Gow Poker, I always pick up my cards with my right hand and tap them 3 times before looking at them. I’ve seen other players squeeze out one card at a time. I always park on Level 7 at my local airport and avoid parking on Level 4 anywhere. I traditionally get a ‘Welcome to Las Vegas Martini’ once I get to my hotel regardless of the time. I always tip the cocktail server – even for coffee and water (I am a firm believer in Karma). Continue reading Superstitions and Gambling Trip Rituals

High Roller Chocolate Experience

The High Roller Observation Wheel is now offering a chocolate tasting experience in addition to the regular, happy hour and yoga offerings.

The Chocolate Experience is a tasting of Ethel M Chocolates while riding the High Roller. Guests will learn about the origins of 5 different chocolates and how they were created. They are also paired with your choice of Red or White wine.

Tastings are available every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with the final experience of the night taking place at 8 p.m.
Admission is $52 per person

Private cabins are available. A maximum of 15 guests per cabin.
Tickets are available at the High Roller Box Office or online. To make a reservation or for more information, call 702.322.0593.