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Episode #17: The April Trip Report

Back home from trip #3 of 2019, I've got another Jeff Does Vegas Trip Report all ready to go!

(Don't adjust your podcast player...the nasally sound of my voice on this episode is the result of a massive head cold that decided to hit me right before recording, so I do apologize!)

This trip report features reviews of my stay at Luxor, meals at Tilted Kilt, Dick's Last Resort and Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville as well my horrible experience with Robert Irvine's Public House at the Tropicana.

I share my thoughts on attending conventions in Las Vegas (I was in town for NABShow 2019) and I also happened to be in town for a Mondays Dark, so I was able to take in that show and spend time with my Vegas family.

From the Vegas News You Can Use desk:

- Caesars Palace Colosseum will be shutting down in the summer months to do some massive renovations

- Rumors are flying that P!nk is getting set for a Vegas residency at the Park Theater at ParkMGM

- And Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton is taking time off to recover from back surgery

I've also got some plugs I want to put out:

- My fellow Vegas podcasters, MJ & Bree over at The Keeping It Casual Podcast are getting set to host their first LIVE SHOW on Saturday, April 27.  Tickets and complete show info is available on their website

- My very good friend, Lisa Marie Smith is back home in Vegas and hitting the city with her new project, "LMS".  Be sure to follow Lisa on Twitter & Instagram for appearances and shows!  Also, her debut EP is currently available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify and for download from iTunes.  

- There's some fantastic events and shows happening at my favourite off-strip Vegas venue, The Space!  Check out TheSpaceLV.com for upcoming tickets and shows and be sure to follow The Space on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

- And don't forget about the best value in Vegas entertainment, Mondays Dark with shows coming up on April 22nd, May 6th, May 20th and June 3rd.  Join host Mark Shunock and his friends as they raise $10K in 90 minutes for a different local Las Vegas charity every show!  Information and tickets available at mondaysdark.com

Episode #16: Classic Vegas Mistakes

Las Vegas attracts over 42 million visitors every year from all over the world with a good number of those people making their first ever trip to Sin City.  Las Vegas is one of those places that can be very overwhelming for a first-timer.  But don't worry...your friends will help with suggestions on places to stay, where to eat, what shows to see and what attractions to go to.  

What your friends probably won't tell you about are all the things they did WRONG on their trips to Las Vegas; mistakes that can literally make or break your vacation.  To do that, I've enlisted the help of an expert who - quite literally - wrote the book on "Classic Vegas Mistakes."

This episode, I chat with David Demontmollin, a 20-year casino industry veteran who's worked for both Strip and Off-Strip properties in Las Vegas.  He starred in Discovery Channel's smash hit, "American Casino" and has appeared on multiple TV & radio shows, talking about casino travel.  David has also channeled his expertise into several books including "Las Vegas' Little Black Book: A Guys Guide To The Perfect Vegas Weekend" and "Classic Vegas Mistakes" - both of which are available on Amazon.

David and I talked about his experience in the industry, recent changes in the casino & gaming business - including those dreaded Resort Fees - and those Classic Vegas Mistakes.  If you want more Classic Vegas Mistakes, head over and follow David on Twitter.

Also in this episode, Vegas News You Can Use:

- The Eagles are coming to Las Vegas in September for two special live performances of the album, Hotel California

- A timeline has been released for the changeover of the Hard Rock Hotel to the Virgin Hotel Las Vegas

- And the Las Vegas Aviators triple-a baseball team is getting set for take-off!

 

And I've got some plugs I want to put out:

- My fellow Vegas podcasters, MJ & Bree over at The Keeping It Casual Podcast are getting set to host their first LIVE SHOW on Saturday, April 27.  Tickets and complete show info is available on their website

- My very good friend, Lisa Marie Smith is back from touring and is getting ready to take Vegas by storm with her new project, "LMS".  Be sure to follow Lisa on Twitter & Instagram for appearances and shows!  Also, her debut EP is currently available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify and for download from iTunes.  

- There's some fantastic events and shows happening at my favourite off-strip Vegas venue, The Space!  Check out TheSpaceLV.com for upcoming tickets and shows and be sure to follow The Space on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

- And don't forget about the best value in Vegas entertainment, Mondays Dark with shows coming up on April 22nd, May 6th, May 20th and June 3rd.  Join host Mark Shunock and his friends as they raise $10K in 90 minutes for a different local Las Vegas charity every show!  Information and tickets available at mondaysdark.com

Episode #15: The March Trip Report

Freshly back from Vegas Trip #2 of 2019, it's time for another Jeff Does Vegas Trip Report!

And I'm trying something a little different for the trip report this time around; rather than a blow-by-blow, day-by-day report, I'm going to hit the high spots of the trip, share some reviews and share my experiences with you.  You know that feeling of dread you get when your friends drag out the photo album and make you look at every single vacation photo?  Yeah...that's what I'm trying to avoid.

This Trip Report features reviews of The Park MGM, Tom's Urban at New York New York, The Henry at The Cosmopolitan and Marilyn's Cafe at The Tuscany.  My wife and I also had the pleasure of hanging out at the Piazza Lounge in The Tuscany for Kenny Davidsen's Celebrity Piano Bar and we took in some NHL Hockey action at T-Mobile Arena as the Vegas Golden Knights played host to the Winnipeg Jets.  Also in this episode...

Vegas News You Can Use:

- Donnie & Marie announce the end of their residency at The Flamingo

- Cirque Du Soleil faces layoffs at their MGM Resort shows

- And some Vegas resorts make changes in the face of backlash over resort fees

And I've got some plugs I want to put out:

- My fellow Vegas podcasters, MJ & Bree over at The Keeping It Casual Podcast are getting set to host their first LIVE SHOW on Saturday, April 27.  Tickets and complete show info is available on their website

- My very good friend, Lisa Marie Smith is back from touring and is getting ready to take Vegas by storm with her new project, "LMS".  The first show from LMS is coming up April 7th at Rush Lounge in the Golden Nugget.  Also, Lisa's debut EP is currently available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify and for download from iTunes.  Be sure to follow her on Twitter & Instagram for appearances and shows!

- There's some fantastic events and shows happening at my favourite off-strip Vegas venue, The Space!  Check out TheSpaceLV.com for upcoming tickets and shows and be sure to follow The Space on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

- And don't forget about the best value in Vegas entertainment, Mondays Dark with shows coming up on April 8th, April 22nd and May 6th.  Join host Mark Shunock and his friends as they raise $10K in 90 minutes for a different local Las Vegas charity every show!  Information and tickets available at mondaysdark.com

Episode #14: Viva Las Value!

Money is always a tricky topic when it comes to planning for a Las Vegas trip or when giving advice to Vegas visitors.  As I've talked about in previous episodes, Vegas is one of those rare vacation destinations where you can literally make it whatever you want it to be; whether you want to play "high roller" and drop stacks of cash wherever you go or you want to play it sensible and actually take some of your money home with you, both are viable options.

Viva Las Value is a new website designed to help you do Vegas like a high roller...without breaking the bank.  The site is jammed full of amazing tips & tricks for the Vegas visitor including everything from how to score free drinks while playing slots to how to NOT be overwhelmed on your first trip to the casino to how to earn comps just for playing "pretend" slots on Facebook.  I tracked down Sergio Portesan, the founder and creator of Viva Las Value to get his story & find out the inspiration behind creating the site.

Be sure to give Viva Las Value a follow on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to interact.

Also In This Episode:

- Updates on a few big-name comedians who are coming to Vegas over the next couple of months including Craig Ferguson, Kevin McDonald, Jim Gaffigan and Sebastian Maniscalo

- And POOL SEASON IS HERE!  Resorts up and down the strip are gearing up for the summer of 2019 with exciting announcements for poolside entertainment!

And of course, I've got a few plugs I want to put out:

- My friend Lisa Marie Smith's debut EP is currently available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify and for download from iTunes.  Be sure to follow her on Twitter & Instagram for appearances and shows!

- There's some amazing events and shows happening at my favourite off-strip Vegas venue, The Space!  Check out TheSpaceLV.com for upcoming tickets and shows and be sure to follow The Space on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

- And don't forget about the best value in Vegas entertainment, Mondays Dark with shows coming up on April 8th, April 22nd and May 6th.  Join host Mark Shunock and his friends as they raise $10K in 90 minutes for a different local Las Vegas charity every show!  Information and tickets available at mondaysdark.com

 

 

Episode #13: Leaving It All On The Table

I have a confession to make: I'm approaching my 27th trip to Las Vegas in the last 5 years and in all of that time, not once have I ever played a table game.  I've never played a hand of Blackjack or Poker, I've never tossed the dice in a game of Craps and I've never placed a bet at a Roulette table.

Why is that?  There's a few reasons - some of which include anxiety, intimidation, a past negative experience with a "casino troll" and the fact that I simply don't know how to play a lot of the table games.  To help me out with these issues, I decided to talk to an expert and bring her on the show!

This episode, I'll be joined by Heather Ferris, the CEO and Founder of Vegas Aces, the world's first FREE online dealing trade school where regular folks like me can learn how to deal AND play casino table games!  For more info on Vegas Aces and what Heather has to offer, check out their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

 

Also in this episode:

- Seems like we were a bit "ahead of the curve" with Episode #11: The Solo Trip; A article posted last week on the New York Post's website shows that, according to a recent survey, Americans are travelling alone more than ever before.

- And Fremont Street Experience released their list of headliners for the 2019 Downtown Rocks Summer Concert Series.  Performers this year include Good Charlotte, Nelly, Smashmouth, Sugar Ray and more!  Check out the complete list of artists & dates on the FSE Website.

 

And of course, I've got a few plugs I want to put out:

- My friend Lisa Marie Smith's debut EP is currently available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify and for download from iTunes.  Be sure to follow her on Twitter & Instagram for appearances and shows!

- There's some amazing events and shows happening at my favourite off-strip Vegas venue, The Space!  Check out TheSpaceLV.com for upcoming tickets and shows and be sure to follow The Space on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

- And don't forget about the best value in Vegas entertainment, Mondays Dark with shows coming up on April 8th, April 22nd and May 6th.  Join host Mark Shunock and his friends as they raise $10K in 90 minutes for a different local Las Vegas charity every show!  Information and tickets available at mondaysdark.com