If you know me, then you know I am a fan of bargains and always try to get that “deal of the day”.
Not a cheap skate or tightwad, just frugal and find it rewarding when I can save money and apply it towards something I might not otherwise spend it on.
I am also a fan of a man named Anthony Curtis, I first noticed his name popping up around the mid 90s when I had my hand in the sports gambling market. Forums were all the rage back then and you could really get some good sports gambling advice from some of the local Vegas bettors and insiders like Fezzik, JK (Jon Kelly), Jimmy Vaccaro, Papa Jo, and my favorite Sports betting personality Dave “The Meatman” Scandaliato.
Anthony Curtis was on a few Vegas related documentaries and tv specials about saving money, spotting deals or catching scammers etc. He also published a newsletter and eventually a coupon book called the Las Vegas Advisor to go along with a membership to his website and forums. I already read the forums and I had nothing to lose by buying the book of coupons since there has always been one coupon that would more than pay for the book anyway. Well, I'm happy to say nothing has changed. The book still comes out every year and is a modest 37 bucks for a year membership to the newsletter.
This year I have decided to a note few of the better deals and discounts as I use them on my next 2 trips. I have compiled a list of the bargains below and plan on using many of them.
Let me know your experiences (good or bad) in the comments or email me and I will post it anonymously. Shannon@neonvacation.com
We start off with food since I like to pretend to be a foodie. The list goes on forever when it comes to Buffets and if they were all 50% off I would probably take advantage of a couple more of them. I plan a lot of solo trips so two for ones don't appeal to me all that much. I will be using the Bacchanal $10 off and the 2/4/1 Wicked Spoon if i get the chance. A few others I would like to try again would be Fremont, since they revamped their look, Orleans because I've heard amazing things about the NEW buffet and Main Street Station which gets constant good reviews for a downtown joint. There are a few in the book I might consider if I am on a day trip to some local spots such as Sam's Town or Red Rock each have a 50% off option. We will see.
Outside of the Buffets the book has a number of eateries willing to cough up a deal or two. Most of them are located downtown or off Strip, but the Paris Burger Brasserie 2/4/1 is worth $15 and House Of Blues buy an entree get an entree is amazing as well. Downtown has numerous money savers like 2/4/1 at Magnolia's, Top Of Binion's 25% off, and Oscar's 25% off. Ellis Island offers a 2/4/1 BBQ plate as well as a 50% Village Pub/Cafe, I will be taking full advantage of both those.
The book doesn't offer much in the form of free drinks but Ellis Island throws 3 free rounds my way so I'll accept the challenge and try to maximize that for top shelf cocktails, if there is such a thing at Ellis Island. We will be there for sure to gamble anyway, great VP and low limit BJ.
Nice segway into the match plays from the Las Vegas Advisor book.
If you find yourself walking the strip itching to use a match play coupon you're out of luck but there is an overload of awesome deals Downtown as well as the off strip properties. My suggestion is to set up a "coupon run". Get all the coupons lined up and hit the floors using the MP's and Slot Plays and waste a few hours running from Casino to Casino. It's a great way to see Casinos you may otherwise not visit, such as Sam's Town.
The piece de resistance from The LVA book would be the Palms 50% off all purpose coupon, good on a variety of things at the casino or your hotel stay up to $50. Some people say that the palms pays for the book itself, but in my opinion if you are already planning on seeing any of the shows listed and discounted in the book they more than cover your cost as well. 25% off Carrot Top (up to 4 ppl) or the always popular Mac King Comedy Magic tickets are well worth it, add on the $5 off a ride on The High Roller and 1/2 off ride up Eiffel Tower and you've won already. These are things you might already do anyway. Anthony's book is sent out in early January.
Stay tuned for part two (The American Casino Guide)