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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!

First Trip of 2013

First Trip of 2013

Going to Vegas on MLK day has become a bit of tradition for me and this will be my 4th straight year going on this weekend.  Room ratse are always decent as CES is complete and there is nothing else going on, but the Strip is still decently crowded as it is a holiday weekend for most folks.  On this trip I am finally getting to stay at The Mirage, which has been high on my list for places to stay.  I haven’t stayed there before because the rates have always been around the same price as nice hotels but I was able to get great rates by booking this trip last June.

I have been saving most of my north Strip activities for this trip.  I am finally planning on eating at The Mirage as the only food I have had there in the past is the buffet.  I have heard great things about BLT Burger and am looking forward to checking that out.  On top of that I will also be visiting the Bourbon Room at The Venetian to see how good their drinks are.

I also purchased a Travelzoo deal for The Public House at Luxor for two appetizers, two entrees, and two beers for $49.  That prize is supposedly half off, but $49 seems to be a fair price for these items, but it is Vegas so I’m sure prices are super inflated.

Besides that, I’m sure we will be hitting dueling pianos like usual.  A couple friends are also coming with us on this trip so I’m sure it will be a great time.  Stay tuned for the full trip report, probably a couple weeks after I return.

Mystere

Mystere

Description

Mystere is the “original” Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas and is performed at Treasure Island. Don’t let this fact make you think that it is boring or old fashioned. If you haven’t seen Mystere and enjoy Cirque Du Soleil, you should still see this show. The acrobatics are very good, but the story doesn’t make as much sense as KA. If you have never seen a Cirque Du Soleil show they are filled with great acrobatics, music, and a little bit of comedy. The shows are unlike any I have ever seen before, but they are definitely entertaining. I would suggest seeing Mystere before another Cirque show because this will give you a baseline to decide if you like it or not. As with most Cirque Du Soleil shows, arrive early because the performance starts in the audience before show time.

Location: Treasure Island

Days Showing: Saturday through Wednesday

Time: 7:00 & 9:30

Cost: $57 to $82

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Penn and Teller

Penn and Teller

Description

Penn & Teller perform a unique magic act at the Rio. They like to make fun of common magic tricks by showing you how they are performed and then they will take the trick one step further and show you their version. Along with great magic, they also are trying to spread a message. Throughout the show they will explain deception and how it is involved in your everyday life. Penn & Teller’s show is not for kids, but it’s great for people who enjoy magic and like questioning things. The show is performed at the Rio, which is off the West part of the Strip, so make sure you leave enough time to get there.

Location: Rio

Days Showing: Everyday except Thursday & Friday

Time: 9:00

Cost: $82.50 to $92.50

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