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Wavy70
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March 19th, 2011 at 11:20:03 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

I would much rather get take out food and eat it in the room. Thats why I like Downtown. The 4 Queens has a great pizza joint in the casino and I get the biggest monster they have a six pack of Dos Equis from the liquor store down the street and eat it in front of the TV. Or get a bag of Mickey D's from Fitzgeralds and do the same. My fave was getting the prime rib dinner to go from Binions basement cafe, but thats closed now. You always got more of everything when you got it to go. Screw room service, I hate paying a lot for nothing.



lazy is usually my reason to order R/S. My wife points out that my burger and fries in the coffee shop would have been 10 but now it's 17. I have to remind her about the added tip. The only time I'm bummed is when my host doesn't cover it at the end.
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FleaStiff
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March 20th, 2011 at 2:17:14 AM permalink
There is even a website devoted to RVs and Casinos. So it seems a good number of people must enjoy traveling the various by-ways and stopping at casinos.
Still, its not Vegas... but then again those tiny little casinos off in the middle of nowhere really don't pretend to be Vegas. They offer what they offer and if its not on as grand a scale as Vegas, well... its good enough for many.

I think this discussion of the economics of room service versus its convenience and the costs involved is just an example of an attitude many who go to Vegas have: Splurge!! This "Vegas, Baby. Vegas" attitude of "its the casino's money" and "I'll eat fast food at home, but not on vacation" and "hotel amenities" and views from a window the occupant rarely looks out of bespeaks an attitude that people can have when they are in Vegas, but not at local casinos.
RobSinger
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March 20th, 2011 at 7:58:13 AM permalink
Flea, as far as summer temps go, I've found that Phoenix is on avg. 3-5 degrees warmer than LV, and Death Valley (since you brought it up and since I like it there due to its lack of people) is about 5 degrees warmer than Phoenix.

I hate room service--never get it unless my wife is along and has to have something soon. However, the last time I went out to get a 6-pack and brought in a pizza to sit in front of the TV eating, I think I was in college not in LV. And I did it for a break in the action.
thecesspit
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March 20th, 2011 at 8:18:22 AM permalink
Apart from sports bets and some friendly poker, I dont gamble outside of Vegas. The local casino is turned and has crappy VP. I certainly never make a trip to it after two visits to confirm it was not for me. Vegas java destination for tourists like me, and time for some good times.

I used to hit the Vancouver River Rock more often but I don't go to the mainland as often now.
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pacomartin
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March 20th, 2011 at 10:01:27 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

I would much rather get take out food and eat it in the room. Thats why I like Downtown. The 4 Queens has a great pizza joint in the casino and I get the biggest monster they have a six pack of Dos Equis from the liquor store down the street and eat it in front of the TV. Or get a bag of Mickey D's from Fitzgeralds and do the same. My fave was getting the prime rib dinner to go from Binions basement cafe, but thats closed now. You always got more of everything when you got it to go. Screw room service, I hate paying a lot for nothing.



I figured you for a 3 star restaurant type of guy.

Terry Caudill was an old math teacher, who became an accountant for Circus Circus. Eventually he bought a chain of pubs, and a place called Chicago Brewing Company in the west side of the city. He bought the Four Queens and put a small pub in with the same pizza (which is some of the best). Since he was so successful with that casino he bought Binion's in March 2008 (a decision he regrets now).
FleaStiff
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March 20th, 2011 at 10:52:00 AM permalink
Binion regrets are due solely to timing issues, I assume.
pacomartin
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March 20th, 2011 at 12:05:05 PM permalink
Quote: FleaStiff

Binion regrets are due solely to timing issues, I assume.



Of course. Over the last 4 fiscal year downtown has reported a 21% reduction in gaming revenue, and at the same time a 28% reduction in non-gaming revenue. Income for the region went from +$141m to -$74m.

By comparison over the last 3 fiscal years the strip has reported a 20% reduction in gaming revenue, and at the same time a 13% reduction in non-gaming revenue.

Terry was stuck with a new purchase with new financing for a property that needs heavy maintenance. He has subsequently closed the hotel, the coffee shop, the keno parlor, and much of the poker room.

To the best of my knowledge he is not an ultra wealthy man. He is probably rich compared to most people, but he doesn't have billion dollar pockets like Poju, who owns the Plaza, the Las Vegas Club, and the Western. I am surprised that he has avoided bankruptcy.
EvenBob
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March 20th, 2011 at 3:07:07 PM permalink
Quote: RobSinger

the last time I went out to get a 6-pack and brought in a pizza to sit in front of the TV eating, I think I was in college not in LV.



You went to college? You should try it sometime, pizza is pizza and beer is beer, and it all tastes better in front of a TV watching a hockey game.
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EvenBob
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March 20th, 2011 at 3:13:58 PM permalink
Quote: pacomartin

I figured you for a 3 star restaurant type of guy.



I don't like restaurants, never have. I do my own cooking whenever possible. There is something barbaric about eating with a bunch of strangers, and its a rather new concept. Restaurants started in France in the late 1700's and didn't really catch on till the late 1800's. Once in awhile I get a good meal eating out, mostly its just mundane crap. Its takes up too much time. I do it because the wife likes it. Oh well.
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boymimbo
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March 20th, 2011 at 3:58:10 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

I don't like restaurants, never have. I do my own cooking whenever possible. There is something barbaric about eating with a bunch of strangers, and its a rather new concept. Restaurants started in France in the late 1700's and didn't really catch on till the late 1800's. Once in awhile I get a good meal eating out, mostly its just mundane crap. Its takes up too much time. I do it because the wife likes it. Oh well.



I guess there's something barbaric about using a computer too because it was invented about 60 years ago. Geez.

I'm not planning a visit to Vegas this year. I've been seven times, and twice in the last year. Vegas counts as a vacation for us and it takes effort and money to get there. We decided to take a major effort and go to Hawaii instead.

In the end, for value, Vegas is great. I don't understand why people decide to stay in a crappy hotel there when you can stay in resorts with fantastic amenities for the fraction of the price that you would spend anywhere else. When we go to Vegas, we like to try the hotel restaurants where the food can be extremely good if you make the right picks. You get a mediocre meal if you don't do your research (yelp, tripadvisor, opentable) and we usually plan at least half of our dinners in advance.

If I want to gamble on the cheap, I go to my choice of local casinos and have my meals at home. In the end, I've reduced my gambling budget somewhat because I've realized that I spend too much on this form of entertainment.

As for room service vs going down to the hotel bar, when travelling alone, I usually opt for room service. I'm on business and get reimbursed. The hotel bar means that you have to remain dressed and be sociable, which is the last thing I want to be doing when I've been dealing with my client all day.

Our next trip to Vegas might be in the fall.
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