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1  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Vegas Trip Information for anyone looking to go this year. on: January 25, 2017, 04:59:14 PM
What are the chances of dodging the resort fees? As it's putting me off at the moment

I'd say you can dodge them easily enough. You just need to dodge the hotels with resort fees.

If getting nickel & dimed is offputting, try Glas Vegas Grin

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If your bothered by resort fees your going to the wrong place!

There are some nice 3# hotels downtown with no resort fee's.  two of the best are Main street station hotel and casino/brewery and the Califonia. Both have good reviews on trip advisor.
maybe worth considering.  However, there is no poker in either hotels so one would have to venture to golden nugget or binnions for some local action!!
There are a few hotels on the strip with no resort fees but their room rates are much higher so in reality you are paying the resort fee in their room rate - your screwed either way there I guess!!  The resort fees are killers this year as the exchange rates are so poor!!
2  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Vegas Trip Information for anyone looking to go this year. on: November 26, 2016, 01:36:04 AM
Thanks for the input, think there will be 4 of us going, they are keen on a condo which appears to be next to/behind the Rio.... walking distance by all accounts, but I have read info online that the area is not to good??  I will def have a look at prices on black Friday and see if there are any sales on!  
Do the hotels get cheaper closer to the time? or is it worth booking well in advance??


Walking distance to an RTA?

If that condo is Palms Place, then it's nice enough, but you're not going to want to walk anywhere, imo.

First trip, just stay on the strip, and enjoy having Vegas on the doorstep, without having to piss about.

After half a dozen trips, I split my stays between strip/dt, and the last 3/4 I've spent entirely there.

For yourself I couldn't recommend staying on the strip strongly enough, but if there is a group, you have to decide amongst yourselves, obviously Smiley

With room pricings, it's hard to tell, and most bookings you can cancel at no cost anyway. I generally end up with 3/4 rooms booked through the year, and then cancel the ones I don't want before I go.



Thanks for that advice, Booking several hotels as great prices pop up during the year is a great idea!! will def be doing this now!!
3  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Vegas Trip Information for anyone looking to go this year. on: November 26, 2016, 01:33:14 AM
'Walking distance' in Vegas isn't really like 'walking distance' anywhere else IMO.

Venetian to Planet Hollywood for example is very much walking distance, but you won't want to actually do it more than once. Especially in the dry 40 degree heat.

From behind the Rio to the Strip is going to be meandering around the streets, under the freeway and through the back of Treasure Island or something. But then the middle of the strip in my head is Venetian because I'm a nit and I stay in Circus Circus and similar fine establishments.


Good advice re = 'Walking Distance' comments noted, four up in a taxi the way forward I recon!
4  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Vegas Trip Information for anyone looking to go this year. on: November 26, 2016, 01:27:11 AM
Back at PC now and don't mind typing a little more seeing as this thread has grown beyond the "RTFT" stage.

For first timers in particular, Vegas is hotter than can be expected, bigger than can be expected, more expensive than can be expected, less sleep than can be expected...once you've been a couple of times and had a good look around and know why you want to stay in X over Y, then ofc you should do that.  In fact, if you follow the general advice to book centre strip on a code direct with hotel, even if you decide you hate it on the first day it is really easy to just check out and move to wherever you prefer.  So I would say whatever you do, don't prepay the whole stay or book 3rd party with no cancellation rights.

Downtown is all easy walking under the canopy of Fremont St (but not from the strip!) and is home to a lot of the older casinos/hotels where price is king.  99c prawn cocktails, $3.99 gallon of beer, you get the idea.  That being said, there has been a little bit of rejuvenation in the surrounding areas in recent years, a few trendy eateries springing up and one or two hotels getting a refurb.  Expect poor quality, (fair quality if you are careful) cheap prices and a relatively rowdy time.  Marmite stuff.

Strip is the opposite.  Generally poor value (you are paying a hefty location tax) but higher quality.  All on a sliding scale ofc, there are 3* strip hotels that are worse than downtown, right the way up to some of the best hotels you could hope to stay in.  In general, people just stay according to pocket, and/or according to location, either close to where they want to play or close to everything right in the centre.  Rates vary wildly, one set of dates hotel A can be $50/night cheaper than hotel B, a month later it can be $100/night dearer.  That's why lots of my posts have been eye rolls at people who blindly book hotel a purely on the grounds that it is always cheaper than hotel b.  Ain't necessarily so....  The hotels are really big, so big that they look like they touch the next hotel, where in fact it can often take you half an hour to get there on foot.  Throw in summer heat and you can see that lots of mistakes get made.  Taxis are abundant, Uber/Lyft also, so getting around can be a mix of learning your way around under cover on foot (picking the right exit can save 15 mins walk outside in sapping heat) or jump in a cab if beyond your walking threshold.

Baller Suites/Condos/Craigslist/Air bnb. The  majority of hi roller suites can't be paid for, strictly on invitation.  And no, 4 guys clubbing together for some $25 blackjack won't get that invite.  The suites that you can rent are nearly all 1 bed suites.  So what starts off sounding like a baller hangover trip becomes 4 guys with luggage standing around trying to work out who gets the bed, who gets the sofa, who gets the bath and who has to do a pressure pull that night.  Condos such as Palms Place and Vdara I classify as well equipped hotel rooms, fine to stay in, altho PP in particular is a bit removed, location-wise.  Getting taxis to come and get you from off strip is 'king hard, and many will say they despatched a driver, but one won't turn up.  Uber apparently the drivers try and find it, but fail regularly, even with sat nav to guide them!  If you rent a car, that stops the drinking for someone, and you have to work with the MGM parking charges.  If you don't rent a car, the extra costs of transportation are a major consideration.  I can see why wsop players going for 2 months go this route, that's too long in a hotel.  But for a fortnight, hotel it is, with action on your doorstep.  Craigslist or Air bnb might be a value seeker's route for experienced Vegas travellers, but really wouldn't go that way 1st trip.

Cliffs: Stay centre strip, try and stay at a decent quality hotel as much as budget permits, at least for the first trip.  If you get there and it isn't you, check out early from a direct booking and go wherever else you want.  You will either love the strip, or love downtown.  They are so chalk and cheese that not many love both.
Thank you for your advice.  Having read all the posts - Everyone is singing from the same sheet, so I am now almost certainly going to take all your advice and  book the strip!
5  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Vegas Trip Information for anyone looking to go this year. on: November 24, 2016, 02:20:11 AM
Thanks for the input, think there will be 4 of us going, they are keen on a condo which appears to be next to/behind the Rio.... walking distance by all accounts, but I have read info online that the area is not to good??  I will def have a look at prices on black Friday and see if there are any sales on! 
Do the hotels get cheaper closer to the time? or is it worth booking well in advance??
6  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Vegas Trip Information for anyone looking to go this year. on: November 24, 2016, 01:19:06 AM
Some advice please, just bagged a direct flight from Gatwick with Virgin for a very reasonable £393 departing 31st may for 2 weeks.
 
As I am a Vegas virgin, I am not sure if a hotel on the strip verse downtown verses a villa rental is best??  Its a minefield out there so any advice is welcome.   

i'm going to be so surprised if anyone says downtown or a villa
i havent been a lot tho

Any reason for saying that??   what are the pit falls of downtown or villa??
7  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Vegas Trip Information for anyone looking to go this year. on: November 24, 2016, 12:54:38 AM
Some advice please, just bagged a direct flight from Gatwick with Virgin for a very reasonable £393 departing 31st may for 2 weeks.
 
As I am a Vegas virgin, I am not sure if a hotel on the strip verse downtown verses a villa rental is best??  Its a minefield out there so any advice is welcome.   
8  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Vegas Trip Information for anyone looking to go this year. on: November 07, 2016, 01:57:25 PM
Some advice needed please - This will be my first time going to vegas this coming year (planning the first two weeks in June).

Any advice on getting cheap flights - I do not have any air miles, so that is not an option.  I have been told that flights from Dublin are considerably cheaper than the uk?  does anyone have experience of this?  Do airlines have Sales and when is this likely to happen??

Any comments appreciated.

Dublin is a good starting point, I find places like Copenhagen/Gothenburg and other Scandi cities can also be cheap and often cheaper than Ireland (we have returns from Copenhagen end of May '17 for £360pp booked last month)

Norwegian have started a direct service from Gatwick so that's an option without leaving the UK first, though the cheap fares often go quick and its low cost so bags/food etc are additional £££

Just had a look at 3rd to 17th Saturday to Saturday, and one stop from Copenhagen via London is just under £400 return with BA. The direct flights from London on those dates are over a grand so the savings are pretty vast.

Edit....if you went 1st to 15th you can get it for £361 return, 1 stop going out via Zurich but 2 stops coming back via Houston and London, very reasonable layover times, nothing more than 2 hours either way.
Thanks for this information, it is very helpful......Just a thought If the return flight is stopping at London on route to Zurich can you just hop off the plan at London and not continue onwards to Zurich??
It seems bizarre that flights from European countries stopping at London onwards to Vegas are under half the price!  its madness really!!


In theory, you can just hop off but if you have hold luggage, that will be checked through to your final destination. When we do it its only for a week so we don't take a suitcase and just get off at London but this wouldn't be possible otherwise. I'm guessing for 2 weeks you'll be taking a suitcase so looks like you won't be able to swerve the last leg back to Europe sadly.

There is a way to get around this. Book a flight where you have to change airports in London - eg fly into Heathrow but the flight to Zurich is from Gatwick. You have to arrange your own transfer so they give you your hold luggage back.

Is the way to get around it. Google flights is a great tool for slightly more complex itineraries like this, well worth having a fiddle on there with dates and airports and stuff, and if you can work in the above then you're laughing.
Thanks for your inputs....   makes sense to try and register on such a flight.  Is there an optimum date to book the flights?  is earlier cheaper?? or a month before the best?? are there ever any deals last minute.
  I have had a look at the Norwegian airlines, they appear to be very competitively priced but no flight detail available for June yet??
9  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Vegas Trip Information for anyone looking to go this year. on: November 05, 2016, 09:08:48 PM
Some advice needed please - This will be my first time going to vegas this coming year (planning the first two weeks in June).

Any advice on getting cheap flights - I do not have any air miles, so that is not an option.  I have been told that flights from Dublin are considerably cheaper than the uk?  does anyone have experience of this?  Do airlines have Sales and when is this likely to happen??

Any comments appreciated.

Dublin is a good starting point, I find places like Copenhagen/Gothenburg and other Scandi cities can also be cheap and often cheaper than Ireland (we have returns from Copenhagen end of May '17 for £360pp booked last month)

Norwegian have started a direct service from Gatwick so that's an option without leaving the UK first, though the cheap fares often go quick and its low cost so bags/food etc are additional £££

Just had a look at 3rd to 17th Saturday to Saturday, and one stop from Copenhagen via London is just under £400 return with BA. The direct flights from London on those dates are over a grand so the savings are pretty vast.

Edit....if you went 1st to 15th you can get it for £361 return, 1 stop going out via Zurich but 2 stops coming back via Houston and London, very reasonable layover times, nothing more than 2 hours either way.
Thanks for this information, it is very helpful......Just a thought If the return flight is stopping at London on route to Zurich can you just hop off the plan at London and not continue onwards to Zurich??
It seems bizarre that flights from European countries stopping at London onwards to Vegas are under half the price!  its madness really!!
10  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: Vegas Trip Information for anyone looking to go this year. on: November 03, 2016, 11:47:51 PM
Some advice needed please - This will be my first time going to vegas this coming year (planning the first two weeks in June).

Any advice on getting cheap flights - I do not have any air miles, so that is not an option.  I have been told that flights from Dublin are considerably cheaper than the uk?  does anyone have experience of this?  Do airlines have Sales and when is this likely to happen??

Any comments appreciated.
11  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: WPT UK Festival at DTD on: October 26, 2016, 10:17:43 PM
failed to qualify tonight in the 50 seat mega satellite.  Will try again tomorrow, my last chance to play at DTD this weekend.   I normally do 1K on the roulette when I am there, so if I don't qualify tomorrow then I am a grand in profit - there is always a silver lining!!  win or lose
12  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: WPT UK Festival at DTD on: October 26, 2016, 08:41:28 PM
My previous message was highlighting that there was no distinction between the satellites which was a direct entry into the online leg of the WPT500 and the satellites which allow you to use your ticket at the club, Both were on Party as bold font and black in colour.   This confusion has now been resolved as they have changed the online only satellites to lower case font and purple in colour!  it is now easily identifiable which torney you are entering!!   I am assuming that there must have been confusion as I identified otherwise no changes would have been actioned by them.  So well done Party in clearing this up!
13  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: WPT UK Festival at DTD on: October 24, 2016, 11:48:32 PM
It is highly surprising that having won a $22 sat for the £550 wpt event, that the ticket I won could not be used for the 50 seat guarantee sats that are running this week,  bearing in mind they are for the same event for the same value!!
14  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: WPT UK Festival at DTD on: October 24, 2016, 11:32:15 PM
Just a word of warning for players intending to qualify on party for the £550 event.   I just satalited in from a $5 to a $22 to a $109 to the £550 seat only to discover it was for a online day 1 only..... when I actually only wanted to play live.  Find party poker set up overwhelming - no where in the $5 or $22 sats does it specify its for the online leg only.   very disappointed as having won the $550 seat was forced to play the £550 day one, which had already started and entering at level l 4 entry is no fun!!  Feel a bit cheated to be honest.
15  Poker Forums / The Rail / Re: DTD Grand Prix Poker Tour (Event 12 at DTD $250,000 GTD 8-16 Oct) on: October 14, 2016, 11:19:01 AM
Is There any information available on the numbers through the regional day 1's of the gran prix?
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