Betting Dork: The 2nd Annual Vegas Lifestyle Show

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Last year I was fortunate enough appear on The Betting Dork podcast to talk about Las Vegas. It was their first annual “Vegas Lifestyle Show: A Man’s Guide to Sin City”. The Betting Dork podcast is normally an intelligent discussion about sports betting, so this is a little different for their audience. This is one of my favorite podcasts so it was an honor.

The podcast was popular enough to have a second edition. This year the podcast grew from a segment to a full-blown podcast with the addition of Vegas Runner and Marco D’Angelo. We cover the following topics over the hour-long podcast:

  • Super Bowl Parties
  • Best Sportsbooks
  • Favorite Steakhouses
  • Stripclubs
  • Nightclubs
  • Shows (kinda)

This was incredibly fun to record and I’m honored once again. There were several times where I had to step away to keep the laughter off mic. Here are links to download and to listen online.

When in Vegas for Business

When people think of Las Vegas, they often think of a city where people travel to for long weekends, spend lots of money on gambling and/or clubs, and then head home. But Las Vegas has a much different kind of customer, one that fills in the gaps for those long weekends: the business traveller.  Traveling to Las Vegas for business can be a different experience and Bloomberg has a guide for the business traveller.

This guide is awesome, but I’m not sure how it pertains to specifically business travellers.  Sure there’s no mention of day/night clubs and bars, but there’s plenty of information on gambling and strip clubs.  In my world, when people travel on business, there is a need to act professional. I’m not sure how strip clubs fit into all of that.

All of that aside, the article is full of good advice.  There is really good information that the occasional visitor wouldn’t know.  Things such as:

  • Cabs can’t pick you up on the side of the road
  • House edge for many popular casino games
  • Using a players card every time you gamble
  • Put all charges you can on your hotel bill
  • Avoid ATMs at the casino

I think the information in this article isn’t so much for a business traveller as it is for anyone who just needs to know some tips for having a good time in Las Vegas.  After all, who wouldn’t want to know how to get casino comps, save on transportation, and know the right games to play?  These tips are valuable and can go a long way to helping someone maximize their Vegas experience.

Power Company Inc Will No Longer Hide Your Sins

If you’ve every been to the Crazy Horse Too in Las Vegas you may remember that the drinks you charged were not charged to the club, but to Power Company, Inc.  This was an amazing way to expense drinks (or whatever) without the shameful stamp of “strip club” on your report.  Well, Crazy Horse Too is being auctioned by the government, so you won’t be able to hide behind Power Company again.

Proceeds from the sale are supposed to go toward paying off the millions of dollars its convicted former owner, Rick Rizzolo, owes the government in back taxes and fines, as well as a $10 million legal settlement for a Kansas man, Kirk Henry, who was paralyzed in a fight over his bar tab at the club in 2001.

Crazy Horse Too has been closed for a while now, so something was going to happen with the property.  If you’ve ever wanted to own a strip club, here’s your chance!

Photo: Flickr: pony.rojo

Vegas Memories Featuring Dido “White Flag”

I was tweeting back and forth with a few people the other night and I was brought back one of my favorite Vegas memories that I’m finally deciding to share.

As I’ve said before a lot of my Vegas memories are tied to music that I hear on a particular trip.  The soundtrack to this day was Dido’s “White Flag“, a song I would normally not listen to, notice or think about.

This trip to Las Vegas was for a friends bachelor party a few years ago.  I wasn’t as experienced as I am now, but I was one of the few people that had been to Las Vegas, so I knew where we needed to be and when and how often.

We decided to get an early start to our first morning in town.  After a 99 cent mimosas over breakfast at Harrah’s we headed over to Bellagio for a little blackjack at 10:something AM.  After a few amazing vodka drinks most of us were buzzed by 11am.  This is when I noticed Dido playing for the first of many times this day.

It wasn’t even noon when we left the Bellagio and headed downtown.  It was my first time downtown.  We did a lot of exploring, but since it was a bachelor party we, initially, decided to skip gambling and went to the world famous Glitter Gulch for some more drinks and entertainment.

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