bdc42
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January 27th, 2014 at 6:15:01 AM permalink
did you just say teller never talks? really ? that's their schtick.
bdc42
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January 27th, 2014 at 6:20:01 AM permalink
Quote: thecesspit

I stayed at the Excalibur on my very first trip to Vegas. I don't think it's changed much in 11 years, and wouldn't stay again now. The location is convenient, but the gaming floor has lost it's shine and allure for me. Perhaps I'm not starry eyed at Vegas any more. May it was the pit manager who pissed me off last time I was there.

On the flip side, I've spent about thirty minutes in Circus Circus, and didn't really see it properly. I have only a small desire to go back again to find out what I really didn't miss.

As a caveat, I normally stay at the Orleans. Off strip, cheap, and easy enough to get back on strip to see what is to be seen. With a gaming floor I still enjoy, and bars to watch the sports at or have a drink at late at night.

(shrug)

..
I agree the Orleans is an all encompassing experience and affordable..(Fuddruckers in the food court ,,yeah baby)
EvenBob
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January 27th, 2014 at 8:42:29 AM permalink
Circus is where we got backroomed over a slot
dispute by a couple of goons. Never again.
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AxiomOfChoice
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January 27th, 2014 at 10:19:15 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

Yeah, Vegas really sucks for shows.. Ever see
Wayne Newton? Good grief.



I don't know how old you think I am, but don't you need to be at least 60 to get in the door to that?

I've seen some cirque shows too. I enjoyed them. I also saw Blue Man Group, which I didn't particularly like. And, I saw Crazy Horse Paris at MGM before they got rid of it (that was not bad). Penn and Teller was better than any of them, IMO.

Now, I agree with you about Ricky Jay. If I had the chance to see him live, I'd go for sure. Anyone who is interested in magic at all and hasn't seen Deceptive Practices should, IMO (it's streaming on Netflix). It's a documentary about Ricky Jay; both interesting and entertaining (it shows some of his work)
jml24
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January 27th, 2014 at 10:29:41 AM permalink
I have to disagree with EvenBob on Penn and Teller. I love their show and have seen it more than once. They add some new bits from time to time so it wasn't 100% the same. They are a class act and if you get there early you get an hour of awesome bebop piano too. I feel like they are the opposite of cheezy magic.

I do agree the Ricky Jay movie was incredible.
MathExtremist
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January 27th, 2014 at 11:16:04 AM permalink
Quote: boymimbo

Go find a CZR casino and earn about 100 points ($1000) through a slot machine with a player's card. Then check your TR account and check for reservations a couple of weeks liater. Voila, instant discounts.

But Luxor over Excalibur over Circus Circus. I'd rather stay at Beethoven's house than stay at Circus Circus, facepalms and all...

The weekend comp bonus rates are as follows:

Circus Circus 34,000
Excalibur 42,000
Luxor 48,000
MonteCarlo 81,000
NYNY 101,500
Mandalay Bay 115,500
MGM 122,500
Aria 215,000

Seriously, get yourself up to Monte Carlo if possible. They had a double XP weekend where you could level up pretty easily.


I've stayed at both Excalibur and Luxor within the past 5 years, both times when I was doing on-the-cheap business trips. Excalibur is aging but there's nothing wrong with it. It suits its target market. So does Circus Circus. It's your call whether you're part of that target market for each property.

But the Luxor is, in my opinion, no longer a safe building. The interior of the pyramid building has settled and the walkways and floors of the rooms are now sloped downward toward the central abyss. This is noticeable both when you're walking to your room and when you're in it. I vividly recall stepping out of the shower and looking down at the floor where a small puddle of water should have been because the curtain was slightly drawn back. Instead of a puddle, a small rivulet had formed running toward the front of the room. That is how sloped the floors are. If you're going to stay at the Luxor, do not stay in the pyramid hotel, stay in the other part.
"In my own case, when it seemed to me after a long illness that death was close at hand, I found no little solace in playing constantly at dice." -- Girolamo Cardano, 1563
Buzzard
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January 27th, 2014 at 11:45:37 AM permalink
As I kid I saw Harry Blackstone SR. at the Hippodrome theater in Baltimore. I remember vividly his floating light bulb trick. On the 100th Anniversary of Sr. birth, Harry Jr. donated the original light bulb to the Smithsonian Museum. It was the first donation in the
field of magic.

Dutch illusionist Hans Klok became the custodian of Blackstone, Sr.'s famous "floating light bulb" illusion
after the death of Blackstone Jr.
Shed not for her the bitter tear Nor give the heart to vain regret Tis but the casket that lies here, The gem that filled it Sparkles yet
beachbumbabs
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January 27th, 2014 at 2:09:36 PM permalink
Have been watching Deceptive Practices off and on this afternoon (Ricky Jay doc from previous post). Very worth the time, thanks.
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AxiomOfChoice
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January 27th, 2014 at 3:10:21 PM permalink
Quote: beachbumbabs

Have been watching Deceptive Practices off and on this afternoon (Ricky Jay doc from previous post). Very worth the time, thanks.



Yeah it really makes you wonder about playing a hand-dealt game in a casino huh? :)

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