Posted in Stage Shows Comments Off September 27th, 2010

Top Shows 5 in Vegas: Part 1

People watching on the Strip may be enough of a show for some Vegas visitors, but for those who truly want to be oohed and awed, there’s quite simply no place like Sin City. Vegas has firmly established itself as an often imitated, never replicated entertainment Mecca, more comparable to Disney World for adults than a viable metropolitan area. On the off chance you think you might be bored, try taking in one of the city’s world class live performance shows, of course, if you’re legitimately bored in Vegas, therapy is probably a better use of your time. These long-running Vegas classics will be sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

  1. Penn and Teller (Rio) When night falls on the desert, Las Vegas lights up like a sprawling Christmas tree. The oasis of light shining bright amid the otherwise desolate arid region gives tourists the illusion that anything is possible, if not probable. Penn and Teller have been the premiere illusionists in Vegas, since they took their magic act to the Rio in 2001. The duo performs every night except Thursday, delivering a full 90 minutes of suspense, intrigue, bewilderment and laughter. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Craps Comments Off September 24th, 2010

What’s all the Commotion? A Quick Guide to Craps

Amid the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas strip, gambling is still king in Sin City, with casinos ultimately driving the many tourist attractions under the famous bright lights. Spending a weekend in Vegas without trying your luck on the tables would be like sticking to beer in wine country, ordering a salad at a steakhouse or wearing a blindfold to the Playboy Mansion. Of course, to a newcomer, the casino floor can be quite intimidating, particularly the commotion arising from the money hungry hordes crammed around the craps table. Craps is perhaps the most exciting bet in the casino, full of chance, camaraderie, and, if the dice fall right, big payouts. Here’s a quick rundown of the must-knows, after that, may beginner’s luck be with you.The Pass Line bet is the initial bet before a player begins his or her roll. When you “Bet the Pass,” you wager that the roller will spin either a 7 or 11, at which point each better will be rewarded in the amount equal to their bet. Only if the dice land showing 2, 3 or 12 (collectively), will you lose your bet right away. In the event any other number come up, play continues with bets still standing, only now the objective is for the roller avoid casting a 7. In order to win, a player must roll either a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, before turning up a 7, matching the number to the original roll. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Vegas Films Comments Off September 22nd, 2010

Live Vicariously through Vegas Movies

Stuck in a hopelessly mundane city somewhere in the continental U.S.? Do you wake up after an epic evening thinking “that was fun, but it would’ve been way better if we were in Vegas”? Are you counting down the days until you lose you can once again lose your inhibitions in Sin City? You’re not alone. While spending a weekend in Vegas ranks among the most enjoyable experiences still legally permissible (assuming laws are generally abided during your stay), killing time pre-trip or between trips can be agonizing. This list of Vegas inspired blockbusters will get you in the right mindset so you can hit the ground running or maybe take you back to a time in which your life was truly lived.

  1. Casino (1995) Robert De Niro stars in this Scorsese classic, taking audiences back to the old mafia-run Vegas, when Sin City was more of an accurate description than tactfully marketed epithet. Read the rest of this entry »