A Las Vegas Advisor Blog from the "Queen of Comps"

If you play at a Caesars Entertainment property, hopefully you already know about the Seven Star Insider.  (http://www.sevenstarsinsider.com/site/sevenstarsinsider/)  I have often talked about this very helpful website, one full of information that can make your CZR play more enjoyable and financially successful, even if you aren’t at the Seven Star tier level.  Perhaps you have already subscribed to the monthly newsletter, but you may not know about another middle-of-the-month feature you can access by clicking on “Latest News” at the top of the home page.  Here are just a few tidbits about Caesars Palace, among many others from various casinos, Read more… »

Christmas 2014

This was  the photo taken at the recent Great Gift Wrap-Up at Caesars Palace.  A photo freebie is one of the perks they do every year during this event and we like this.  We  can look back at all these photos and see how we are aging!  This year we have titled the picture “The Year of the Canes.”

For a long time we never counted holiday shopping benefits when we figured in advance the EV of a play we were considering.  Read more… »

TUSCANY

Gift Card Giveaway on Tuesdays.  Earn 1000 points for a $10 gift card for Wal-Mart, Rebel Gas, or Albertsons.  Max of five.

“Thank You Seniors Thursdays” – 2 for 1 entrees at Marilyn’s Café and The Cantina. Dine in only and each person must be a senior to get this coupon, which you must pick up at the players club in advance that day.  Also, earn 500 points for a pull tab with a chance to win $10 up to $100 in free slot play. Read more… »

DECEMBER VEGAS PROMOTIONS

This will be an abbreviated report.  I hate when a new month starts just after a weekend, especially a holiday weekend.  Mailers are late – casino websites are not updated yet.  So it’s hard to get current information to you in a timely manner.  Below is what I have been able to find out, but I would suggest that in the next day or so you check the websites of casinos where you play or might want to play.  Maybe the casino personnel in charge of getting information to customers will finally decide when they want to increase their business in December!    (Scot Krause is having the same problem in trying to update his Players Club Bonus Point list.  So keep checking back there – http://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/greatdeals-slotpromotions.cfm.)

PALMS

Can’t find the players club here? It has moved to the other side of the casino and is now part of the Promotions Center. Read more… »

I am thankful for the early literary pioneers in skilled gambling.  They gave me the idea that this was even possible and provided some basic resources to start on this amazing journey.

I am thankful that there are still some casinos that don’t consider video poker players the enemy.  They understand that almost all of them are not a danger to their bottom line.  And for the few players that are, they often bring along spouses, relatives, and friends who will more than make up the difference.

I am thankful that casino buffets are offering more healthy choices. Read more… »

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Have you seen Buck and Winnie Greenback at Harrah’s Las Vegas – at least the statue of them in the background of this photo?  I have noticed the Greenback statues for years , always smiled at the over-the-top sterotype of the Vegas tourist,  but I never really gave them much thought.  However, recently I saw this real live couple whom Harrah’s has hired to give visitors an amusing photo opportunity.   They are such an unbelievably double for the statues and so charming that I forgot that I wasn’t a tourist anymore and posed for a cheesy photo.

I wanted to learn more details about this quirky Vegas scene and did a  Google search.  However,  that revealed limited information.  Maybe some of you will be more successful.

For 30 years I’ve been eating in Vegas casino restaurants, first as a frequent visitor and then, the last 14 years, as a resident. Although I’ve always been very health-conscious, regularly exercising and watching my diet, I’ve been losing what might be called the Buffet War. This war has not been a series of dramatic battles, but a slow chipping away of my defenses, about one pound managing to slip through each year.

Now, at age 75, I am pre-diabetic – and determined to not go over that line into serious health problems. Could I find enough healthy food choices to still regularly eat in casino restaurants? Or did I have to throw away most of those comps Brad and I get every month?

I am happy to report Read more… »

Veterans Day Promotions

In my last blog, I gave some resource suggestions:  Many casinos offer free or discounted meals for active and retired service members on Veterans Day, November 11. Check casino Web sites and newspaper ads closer to the date. And for non-casino discounts for active and retired service members on food and many other purchases, both for Veterans Day and all year long, check out this valuable Web site – http://militarybenefits.info/.

Today I want to give you one more good resource. Read more… »

Contrary to common belief, Brad and I are not avid collectors of all things gambling. It’s true that we have a garage full of gambling-related merchandise, but that’s just free stuff we’ve received from casinos over the decades. And sure, we have an antique Golden Nugget “Golden Doll” slot machine in our condo, but to us, it’s just a beautiful objet d’art that we admire. And I’ll admit that I still get a kick out of seeing the expression on the face of visitors when they observe the money embedded in the clear-acrylic toilet seat in our guest bathroom.

But other than those few examples, you’d hardly know we’ve ever stepped foot inside a casino by looking at our belongings — except, lately, for the gambling-cartoon calendar on our coffee table.

My publisher, Huntington Press, brought out this 2015 calendar last month and Read more… »

NOVEMBER VEGAS PROMOTIONS

Many casinos offer free or discounted meals for active and retired service members on Veterans Day, November 11. Check casino Web sites and newspaper ads closer to the date. And for non-casino discounts for active and retired service members on food and many other purchases, both for Veterans Day and all year long, check out this valuable Web site – http://militarybenefits.info/.

 

Local Offers

Admission to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is just $15 for locals through December 31, 2014.

Many locals take the opportunity to see a lot of shows free by joining Read more… »