Las Vegas Residents delusional about NFL Football Stadium

I keep reading articles and watching local Vegas Tv reporting on the possible new stadium that would be home to the Las Vegas Raiders. In this reporting many People bring up the fact that Las Vegans are not rich enough to afford the outrageous ticket prices that NFL teams charge, much less have money left over for a couple 12 dollars beers and a 8 dollar hot dog. That part I agree with but the point is there are some People that live above the “Service Wages” that Las Vegas pays, those People might make up 5000 per game and of course that is not near enough to make this successful, but so what that is not the People that will be coming to these games but only if the stadium is located on the Las Vegas strip. If it is located on Russell Road on the other side of I-15 it will be a a total waste of money for the tax payers, regardless where the money really comes from.

The Las Vegas Raiders will sellout every game if the Stadium is located on the Las Vegas Strip but not with Raiders fans but with fans of the team that the raiders are playing and that is great for Las Vegas because each Person will be spending at least 1000 – 3000 dollars while here. Yes, some will be flying in from nearby and could actually be Raiders fans but for argument sake most will be for the other team. Imagine Your team is Cleveland, wouldn’t You pick the second game to attend be in Las Vegas? Wouldn’t You spend at least three days here? But You would only do so if the game offered a party atmosphere right up to game time and that can only happen if it is walkable from any Hotel/Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

But not to worry Las Vegas Residents, this is not an insult to You, maybe You go to one game every year or every two years but You could party with the fans prior to any game and never pay the admission charge and the pregame is more fun anyway. Party prior then walk over to a sports book and watch the game for free then party more when the game is over, cheap day out in Las Vegas. Let the Visitors pay for the Stadium, let them pay for 12 dollar beers.

If the Stadium gets built NOT on the Strip I will know it is corruption. Either from the owner of the property that is not on the strip or from the taxi companies that will rake up on game day. If the Stadium is on the strip the whole experience would be better and probably the best in the whole NFL, Everyone will be talking about it. But if it is located off the strip in one of our dangerous ghettos, We will be the laughing stock of the NFL and We do not have enough police officers to protect these valuable Visitors.

If the Stadium is built in walking distance to the Strip very little will be changed to make this happen, People will fly in and stay at a Strip hotel and either walk to the stadium or take the Monorail or tram, nothing extra needs to be built. If it is off strip it is a whole new problem with game day traffic and drunk drivers. People are going to get tore up drunk for the game, its Vegas, make it where they will never need to drive. Taxis and Uber would not be the answer, People would still drive themselves if they cannot walk. Drunk drivers in Las Vegas is a big big problem because We also have drunk walkers, that is a deadly combo. Imagine the pub crawl that could mean millions to all the bars up and down the Las Vegas Strip if the stadium is at one end or the other. Not only is there the monorail there is also the tram that will take People from Bellagio to a walkway to Monte Carlo, then You have another tram at Excalibur to get You to Mandalay Bay, have a drink at each stop. But if the Stadium is in the ghetto on the other side of I-15, what a buzz kill looking for how to get there and no drinking right up to game time.

The Big Deception: Las Vegas Resort Fees

Yes, there are other Cities charging resort fees but Las Vegas was the first to do so on an almost all of their hotel inventory. There are still a few Hotels but no resorts that do not charge a Resort Fee. At first it was the MGM properties that put this bogus charge on all their properties and Caesar’s properties (listed at bottom) took the high road and constantly reminded Us that they did not charge a Resort fee. Charging this hidden fee could be called false advertising, dishonest business practice or at the very least deceptive.

Find all the Resort Fees here

It makes truly comparing hotels all over Vegas much more difficult, You must have the resort fee page open in one window and searching hotel prices in another. Right now No Site is adding the price of the hotel and the resort fee together because They would then look like They are much higher than anyone else. For instance if You check the the Resort Fees list You will see that at the time of this writing Hard Rock Hotel is listed at 28 dollars plus tax (31.36) but they are running a special for as low as 19.95 per night Sunday Thru Thursday which sounds pretty appealing to say the least but the reality is the real price is 19.95 +28.00 +12 percent = 53.70 which is still a good price but very deceptive. When You see that 19.95 You are very excited and make Your plans and by the time You learn the truth You have already pictured Yourself surrounded by second hand smoke in front of a slot machine. All Hotel sites have the tools to add this 28.00 to the 19.95 but they do not because if You see it added at one site and not at another, You will bite on the one that has left it out so it would not be fair for ONE site to be honest.

The deception is coming from the Hotels not the booking sites. The resort fee deception helps the hotels in a number of ways.

  • It makes the price of the room look much less than it really is.
  • They only pay the booking site a percentage of the Room price not the Resort Fee.
  • This automatically forces the Customer to pay for all the things that used be offered separately.

What does the Resort fee include: Most Hotels all over Vegas include an internet connection for up to two devices, access to the fitness room, local phone calls and some will thrown in a couple bottled waters, use of a safe and trivial other items. But only a small percentage of People use the fitness center since walking all over Vegas takes care of that by itself. Most People would buy the internet connection but that should be around 10.00 per night so all the Hotels charging more than 10.00 are making up huge extra profit by using this deceptive practice.

Las Vegas Hotels were hesitant to add on the Resort fees until MGM Properties (listed at bottom) totally got away with it. People Were comparing the price of The MGM Grand to Planet Hollywood and choosing MGM Grand because they were not adding the resort fee to the MGM Grand Price when Planet Hollywood was not charging any Resort fees. After Caesar’s found that MGM was not getting all that much negative publicity for this deception they decided to start charging Resort fees also. Now others have joined in and it would be easier to say Who isn’t charging resort fees than Who is. The ones that are not are more like Motels not Hotels and You most likely would never stay at one.

Like it or not the search for hotels all over Vegas is a two step process, always find the resort fee FIRST Find all the Resort Fees here, Then search however You normally do for the Hotel.

A similar new expense is coming all over Vegas: PARKING. Right now MGM properties are charging for self parking (except Circus for now) but Caesars properties are not, watch for that to change if MGM gets away with it. Right now if You need to park just avoid all the MGM Properties.

MGM Properties:
Bellagio, Mirage, Aria, MGM, New York New York, Monte Carlo, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay and Circus Circus.

Caesar’s properties:
Ballys, Paris, Planet Hollywood, Cromwell, Flamingo, Harrahs, Linq and Rio

Beware of Sports Betting Sites guaranteeing to make You money

I have used a half dozen or so sports handicappers in the last 15 years, some are honest and most are not. The easiest thing to remember is if they do not post their picks from the day before with results then they are dishonest. If You see the term #$$$REDHOT LAST 9 GAMES 8-1 ATS$$ Do not buy from this site because Anyone that is 8-1 is due to be 1-8 and You are going to be buying 1-8 picks. If You notice this same site will claim similar numbers all the time, never do you see them admit they lost the last 6 of 7.

One of my favorite shows ever was “Money Talks” on CNBC, this the same station that airs “The profit” so it is a legitimate station and would make a believable show. The show only made it one year but Steve Stevens said He was going to be on Esquire a couple years later, that never happened. I think the CNBC show did well enough to get a second season but it is possible that the negative press from People that dealt with Steve Stevens caused CNBC to back off. I never bought picks from VIP Sports which is the name of the company that the show was based on, the reason I did not is their pricing was confusing. They have “action picks” and “vip picks” and “owner picks” each costing more and more. Why would I buy an action pick? does that mean it is a crappy pick? so when I lose, they will tell Me, should have bought the “VIP” pick. In one episode, Money Talks had a big gambler come to Vegas and Steve Stevens gave Him a bet that lost then told him to double up and that bet lost then He tripled up and won, pretty much Anyone could do this but sometimes You lose the third one and You are really screwed.

A smart bettor always plays the same amount every game, through the long haul this is always the best way to come out on top or lose very little. Casinos love for People to double up and triple up, that is how they have the huge advantage. Remember Casinos have very little advantage in sports betting, that is why You get very little comps in the sports books, they count on You using bad management skills.

I once ask a sports handicapper to give Me the link where past picks could be found, He told Me He could email them to Me, really? Unless You can find them on that handicapper’s website, there is very much room to lie. The reason honest People post past picks is so the People that bought picks can check to be sure those are the picks they bought. It is then self policing. I once bought picks from “Professor picks” and they did not list the losers that I bought the day before so I posted on Twitter that they were liars so they blocked Me from their twitter feed. There are so many ways to fraud the public but the true way to be at least a little bit sure is if they list their picks on their site after the game is over. The picks should be by date, You will see that Professor Picks puts a list on their site to make it confusing to check but they never fail to list one that they win.

Never Ever use offshore betting sites, they all have withdraw systems that make it impossible to win. Plus they are illegal and You have No One to help You when You get ripped off. Use legit sports books in Vegas, Bahamas, Atlantic City, London, etc, only brick and mortar Sports Books.

Sports Insights This is very honest site that gives you picks plus a lot of tools. The best tool is the app that shows the live odds at Vegas sports books and offshore books as well. You can actually pay for the service just by getting better odds by knowing what book to place You bet.

Team Rankings This might be the most honest site on the internet. All past bets are listed and You get tons of free information. Very good site for finding out things like scoring in the first and second half, yards per game on offense, defense, etc…

The following are very honest handicappers and We keep the free picks on this page all the time.

I like this site the best because these handicappers compete with each other and no way will they let one Person say they had Boston yesterday if they didn’t. They make more money if they are on the top of the leader board, it is the same way PGA golfers make sure No One cheats they have to sign the opponent’s score card!

MGM Resorts well ahead of Caesars Entertainment on Smoking policy

sign that you see when you first arrive at the bellagio sports book
MGM Resorts International and Caesar’s Entertainment Group are constantly competing for Your business, after all they make up the vast majority of Hotels on the famous Las Vegas Strip. There are only a few properties not owned by one of these mega public companies, a few are the Venetian, Palazzo, Wynn, Encore, Treasure Island and the Cosmopolitan, all the rest on the Strip are either MGM or Caesars owned. As a customer You want to get as much bang for Your buck so most likely You will pick either MGM or Caesar’s Hotels and stick to it so all Your points are going toward free stuff. If You are a NON smoker, I need to inform You that MGM has now made all their Poker Rooms and Sports Books non smoking. The Poker Rooms have always been non smoking for some reason but just recently the Sports books in all properties are now non smoking. This non smoking policy applies to Aria, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Bellagio, Mirage and Circus Circus. Caesars still not only allows smoking but even Cigars are allowed. Even though only 10 percent of the Customers are smoking Cigarettes and less than one percent are smoking Cigars the full room is ruined by this minority of it’s Customers.

no smoking sign on the tables at bellagio Not only has MGM stopped smoking in their sports books, they are serious about it. There are others that say they are non smoking but plenty of People walk right in and smoke and No One stops them. The MGM sports books go the extra mile and put the signs all over the Sports books.

small sign that says no smoking at bellagio sports book You will see this sign at the desk that have the small tv’s. The sign is very well seen without being negative to your sports experience. It is not enough to say You are non smoking if there is no enforcement of the violators, at the MGM properties You cannot plead ignorance since the signs are everywhere. If You go to the Westgate Sports books the sign can easily be missed so smokers always say they did not know but the cancer is already in Innocent People’s lungs.

I am not sure how the Poker Rooms were first to abolish all types of smoking but that is the case all over Vegas. I have yet to find a Poker Room that is NOT non smoking. I do not want to look a gift horse in the mouth but why did Poker Players get protected from Cancer before slot players, crap players, Black Jack players or any other areas of the casino? But now that MGM has banned it in all their sports books it can only be a short time for Caesars to follow or be left behind, then We can move on to Slots or Table games. One day at a time, sweet Jesus, one day at a time.

Put non smoking Customers and all Casino workers in Your prayers for they are dying Everyday that Casinos are not 100 percent smoke free. The smokers made a choice to ruin their health but We did not.

Poor planning by the Las Vegas Convention Center has CES going through the weekend

How stupid is that? The most valuable show of the year to the Las Vegas convention center is now ending on Sunday? The reason? Because other shows conflicted with it! Other Shows? That is exactly what they are, OTHER Shows. How is CES not given top priority to have ANY day any TIME they request? The problem with the date change is the price of the rooms is much higher on Friday and Saturday. Now the Convention Center is asking Resorts to give them a special deal but these resorts can get the higher weekend rate during January anyway, because of other events and Leisure travel. It is totally unprofessional of the Convention Center to even ask for a better rate, this is free market capitalism at it’s finest.



Caesars Properties going to self check in-out

It is a welcome site for the Customer that is checking in to be able to speed up the process but You certainly would never expect it in the lobby of Caesar’s Palace. All the other Caesar’s properties, yes but not The Palace. You would expect that if Caesar’s Palace wanted to improve service They would use technology to have the Customer’s room and keys ready prior to arrival and be handed over by a real Person. This is a iconic Vegas institution not the Motel 6. Flamingo, yes, Rio, yes but come on, try harder at Caesar’s, provide real human high class service. And let’s not sugar coat it, the move is because of the minimum wage movement. This is a move to be in front of the possibility of a huge rate increase in the minimum wage so now instead of 12 desk clerks there will be 2 and more and more Kiosk to do the work of these People.

Raiders potential site going in the wrong direction

The Rivera location is the best choice for the new Stadium

Rivera being torn down awaiting future plans
Rivera being torn down awaiting future plans

I was shocked to learn that the West of I-15 Tropicana site, a 100-acre piece of ground located a on the west side of Interstate 15 and now anchored by Station Casinos’ Wild Wild West property is a front runner for a proposed Raiders Stadium. This location is a total wasteland with nothing but ugliness surrounding it. It is not walkable from the Las Vegas Strip which should immediately put it out of the running. If the Raiders come to Las Vegas and are not at a site that is walkable to the Las Vegas Strip it would be best that they do not come at all. This is more about partying than it really is about football and that is the reason People would pick Las Vegas to visit when their team plays the Las Vegas Raiders but they want to stay on the strip not in the Ghetto. If the Stadium is not on the Las Vegas Strip or at the Koval location People will spend much less on their vacation leaving Vegas with nothing to gain.

It is short sighted that the Las Vegas Sun is pushing this horrible site as the one for the Raiders. This opinion is that of a local and not of a potential Raider fan. The typical raider fan will come from out of town and will stay on the Las Vegas Strip for a three day (or more) experience. If the stadium is built at the Rivera site or across from the SLS both would be supported by the monorail, meaning traffic flow and parking would be minimal problems. The Raiders would be supported by many that might be coming to see the other team playing and to enjoy the Las Vegas Strip. They do not want to go to the trashy side of I-15 at the Wild Wild West, They want to drink, gamble, party then stumble into the game. Las Vegas is all about the Strip and NOTHING else. Can You imagine People that want to see a top show  and stay in a top Resort wanting to go to west Trop? Hell no! Do You have a gun carry permit? Las Vegans can barely support a minor league baseball team, they cannot support an NFL team, it’s all about the tourist doing so. We have to consider what the visitor would like, not the locals. All the parking and traffic flow has been in place for decades on the Las Vegas Strip, it can handle 10 NFL loads of People at one time, there is not problem there. The Metro area has 150,000 hotel rooms, it can handle the crowds that will come with the Raiders.

The Las Vegas Strip is safe, mainly because the mega resorts have their own security that is as good or better than the Metro Police. Metro Police are working on a very small budget and would be the only force west of the I-15. Security would be at the stadium for sure but the second You walk off the property, good luck!  I was sitting at a traffic light in front of this location and Someone tried to Car Jack Me, I was able to avert that but We do not want our visitors to endure the same. The Raiders and the rest of the NFL are considering the Las Vegas Strip, not the metro area of Las Vegas. If the stadium isn’t walkable to the Strip the chances of a team moving here are as good as moving to Primm, Nv. There are idiots presenting these sites, hopefully the Raiders will ignore them. The difference in the Las Vegas Strip and on the other side of I-15 is like comparing two completely different Cities. So is it the Las Vegas Strip or Salt Lake City or Pensacola, FL? The strip has as much in common with the Wild Wild West location as does Pensacola, FL. NOBODY is coming to Las Vegas to visit a place west of I-15.

There was one idea worse than the Wild Wild West site, The absolute worst idea was the site at Cashman Field which is close to NOTHING. The other options are: On the UNLV Campus and the original front runner at Koval and Tropicana. The Koval location is the absolute best because of proximity to Hotel rooms but it most likely would not be approved because of how close it is to the airport’s runways. The site on the UNLV campus would be more walkable than the west Tropicana location but not by much. But some would say, isn’t the stadium about the UNLV team? No, do not fall for that, it was mentioned so that UNLV would put up the property which has basically been ruled out so lets just forget the UNLV football team as a reason to have a terrible location. Sure They can use the Stadium wherever it is built but they are not the reason to build it. They are a terrible team that doesn’t get any local support so certainly not worth spending local tax dollars on.

The Rivera location would be number one if the County could think out of the box. The Convention Center and the stadium could share the location by using the same foot print. The first floor could be Convention Center and the football field could be on top. The field will be artificial turf that can be put over top of anything. And remember, this is a City that has Gondola Rides at the Venetian over top of a Casino. The Rivera location is most centrally located to the most amount of hotel rooms and is across the street from the possible World Resorts 4 billion dollar project.

It is important that the location is decided before the public is allowed to vote to approve funding on this project. I for one will not vote to use my tax dollars for a stadium to be built at the Wild Wild West site, that would be an embarrassment to Las Vegans.

People wanting to come to Vegas to see an NFL game want to party on the Strip not west of the strip. The stadium needs to be very close to the party, the party is the Las Vegas Strip. If You cannot reach the site by Monorail that site should be eliminated from consideration. If that site is considered much longer, I will suspect that Las Vegas is corrupt as much as it was in the 1960’s. Any idiot can look at the Wild Wild West site and see nothing but SHIT!

If it is not walkable to the Las Vegas Strip, middle, north or south it cannot work for football and other events! If Wild Wild West is considered most People will vote against it.

And one other thing that absolutely must go into consideration is the fact that this stadium must earn revenue outside of football and that means People would want to attend concerts, monster truck shows and all the events that happen at stadiums. That would mean the Customer for these events would be from out of town, locals could never come close to supporting the event alone. Las Vegas has a small metro population that cannot support NFL or other events, the vast majority of the support will be from out of town visitors. Those visitors do not want to go to the west side of I-15 to the Wild Wild West, they want to walk up and down the Las Vegas Strip maybe having a drink at 3 places on their way to the stadium either walking or using the Monorail. Imagine the let down if People are partying on the Strip and say, Hey We only have an hour before the event so We have to stop partying and make our way to the Wild Wild West. The T-Mobile arena will certainly be for the Wild Wild West location for the Raiders because that would mean ALL the other events would be at T-Mobile, Who would pick the Wild Wild West over T-Mobile? NOBODY!

Downtown Vegas Closures bad for People seeking cheap eats

This strip club will not be missed by 99 percent of visitors
This strip club will not be missed by 99 percent of visitors

The closure of Mermaids and La Bayou will take a little bit of inventory of cheap eats away from the Fremont Street Experience. Also closing at the same time is the Glitter Gulch but No One really cares about that, expect the People that will be out of work. Downtown Las Vegas is starting to look like the old lady that cannot stop getting plastic surgery and with every change She gets worse looking. The skyline which is under the canopy is so crowded by Slotzilla Zip line that You can barely see from one side of the street to the other and that street is filled with buskers and kiosk.

la bayou closing downtown vegas

No more deep fried twinkies or deep fried oreos in downtown Vegas. There were other cheap eats to choose from like hot dogs and fries. In the absence of these places other downtown vendors will raise their prices and make finding bargains on food in downtown impossible. Mc Donalds is still in downtown, but for how much longer? Mc Donalds left the south end of the strip recently and in it’s place came very expensive restaurants.

Downtown still has some interesting choices for food but they are slowing going up on price so eat fast.

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Stuck elevator at Slotzilla Zip line required help from Fire Fighters

The biggest mistake Las Vegas has ever made is the eyesore on Fremont Street named slotzilla. On Friday night, June 24, 2016 13 or 14 People were trapped for an unknown period of time in the elevator that takes riders to the launch pad. This isn’t the worst that has happened at this horrible attraction, recently a teenager peed on many innocent People as He rode the zip line. The zip line was not a big hit to many downtown visitors because it totally has ruined the view of the Fremont street experience. Before this eyesore was erected You could see from the Plaza all the way to Elcortez, now You can only see this atrocious attraction and all it’s cables, launch and landing pads.

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