Next Trip: Harrah’s for the First Week of March Madness

Next Trip: Harrah’s for the First Week of March Madness

Hey Everyone!

My next trip is a little more than a month away.  My wife and I are going for the first week of March Madness.  As an added bonus St. Patrick’s day is on Friday of that week so Vegas is going to be completely packed with sports fans and terrible Irish accents.

We are staying at Harrah’s, mainly because we got an insane deal.  Our last trip, we stayed at Planet Hollywood so we had a nominal number of points at Caesar’s casinos.  Combining my card(with the points) and my wife’s card(with no points) we were able to get 4 nights for $355 with taxes and resort fees included.  I am looking now and rates are at least 3 times higher so I must have booked at the perfect time.  Most hotels are charging at least $200 a night.

I was in Vegas last year for the second week of March Madness and was able to get a Lagasse’s Stadium reservation with $50 minimum spend per person.  This year I was not so lucky.  There were still spots for Saturday and Sunday but you needed to book all day for a $300 per person minimum.  I will be on the lookout for other basketball parties and let everyone know what I find on Twitter.  Because we are going to be there for four days, which is a pretty long trip, I am planning to use some less popular sports spots like Public House at Luxor and Todd English Pub at Aria.  I am guessing there will be so many people everywhere will be crowded and most places will have a gimmick to make a buck.

I am most looking forward to betting on basketball.  I normally am not a huge sports better but with 48 games in 4 days there has to be some juicy parlays to make.  Last year was fun but there were so many fewer games it was less exciting that I think the first week will be.

Follow me on twitter @VegasForCheap for my trip reports while I am there!

Mac King Comedy Magic

Mac King Comedy Magic


First things first. Mac King Comedy Magic is the best magic show in Las Vegas and it is the best value show on the Strip. At $30 a ticket you get to see over an hour of great magic and I guarantee you’ll laugh a lot.

Now, let’s go over my background. I have always liked magic and before the "Greatest Secrets Revealed Show," magic used to be on TV. Besides various specials, there was a show called "The World’s Greatest Magic," which was sort of like the Grammy’s for magic. Mac King performed every year and I remember him doing great card tricks. Seeing how I already like magic, I may not be the best judge at how great the show is. To confirm my opinion, my girlfriend loved the show and she has no interest in magic whatsoever.

The show itself was great almost the entire time. His first bit is the one blemish as his introduction and first jokes are out of style. After the awkward beginning he warms up to the audience and it gradually gets more modern and inappropriate. Don’t worry parents, the show is rated PG and is great for all ages. For the people who think he is too old fashioned, don’t worry either because he will get you laughing through innuendo. No matter what you like there is something funny to find here.

Magic is all about presentation, and Mac King has some of the best presentation skills I have ever seen. His series of rope tricks are the best in the business and his rendition of finding your card is extremely unique. Some tricks require audience participation, but it is very unobtrusive so you don’t need to be afraid of being called up on stage. I don’t want to ruin his other amazing tricks, but lucky for you it is the only 1:00 PM show in Vegas and it is super cheap. There is no excuse not to go.

Location: Harrah’s

Days Showing: Tuesday – Saturday

Time: 1:00 & 3:00

Cost: $29

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Harrah’s hotel is pretty old but went through extensive renovations in 1997. This makes Harrah’s a legitimate place to stay because it does not charge resort fees and it is close to the center of the Strip. Harrah’s is usually the cheapest hotel north Strip. As long as you do not need a luxurious room, Harrah’s will fit the bill. The rooms are clean and well kept.


Harrah’s casino is pretty large but it has low ceilings so you the smell of cigarette smoke is strong. The casino theme is Mardi Gras and it definitely feels fun, but the weird statues of characters do not do a lot for me. I still prefer to gamble at other hotels, but Harrah’s has everything you need except for a crowded poker room.

Hotel Details

  • Location: North Strip
  • AAA Rating: 3.5
  • Casino: Yes
  • Sports Book: Yes
  • Poker Room: Yes
  • Pool: 1 Pool
  • Club: No
  • Lounge: No
  • Shows: Mac King Comedy Magic, Legends in Concert
  • Buffet: Above Average
  • Fitness Center: Yes
  • Internet: Dial Up
  • Iron and Ironing Board: Yes
  • Resort Fee: No

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