December 20, 2006

Vegas for the New Year

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If you're going to head somewhere special for the new year, you may as well do it Vegas Style.


Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Parties Where are you going to be when the clock strikes 12 on New Years Eve. Hopefully I can help you find the New Years Eve Party that fits you and your budget. Remember, just because you can drink at all hours of the day does not mean you should. Pace yourself, I once started a little too early and I passed out right on Fremont street before the party really got started. (I was young and did not understand Las Vegas on New Years)

That is About.com's opening paragraph for Vegas New Year's and that writer is not lying. New Years in vegas is a serious event.

If you think you have what it takes to rock it hard on December 31st, then read all about the fabulous venues coming up:

About.com's New Year's Events

Vegas.com's New years page

Las Vegas Online's Party Listing


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December 11, 2006

Jack Colton Says: Tip Well

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You know we love our Jack Colton, and today's hints from the man, are to tip well. Jack has a whole tipping guide up on his site ready for your perusal. Here's a snippit:


"Your VIP Host.
There are a million and one different types of "VIP Hosts" in Las Vegas. Some get you limousines and hard-to-get tickets at no charge, some get you into a nightclub, and some simply sit you down at your booth and introduce you to your cocktail waitress. How much you tip your VIP Host depends entirely on the host and the service they have given you. I’d say $75 on the low end and $1,000 on the high end.

Your Bartender.
Drinks aren’t cheap here, and either are you. Plan on tipping your bartender at least $1-$2 per drink. Just remember that in the end you might be saving money, as bartenders will often “hook up” good tippers with free shots or drinks. If nothing else...they will probably serve you a lot faster the next time around"!

Head on over to Jack's place and read the rest of how you should tip.

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December 8, 2006

Easy Gift: Chip Tricks and Card Stunts

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Boy have we got something special for you today! For that poker fan in your life that has EVERYTHING, here's something they will LOVE. Its a DVD of chip tricks that you can learn yourself, all explained and performed by Rich Ferguson.
Here's the Blurb:

"This DVD is packed with 20 of the hottest stunts and tricks you have seen on television or at a poker game - all explained in detail by Rich! You'll see tricks like Chip Shuffling, Pull Over, Sweep and more!! Also included are bonus tricks never been revealed to the public until now!"

Ok.. maybe it sounds a little over the top, but c'mon, how could it NOT rule!

And while you're at it, you can pick up the Card Stunts trainer too!

Card Stunts

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December 3, 2006

Would You Like Fries With That?

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"Carl’s Jr. recently made waves when it partnered with the Palms Casino Resort to debut the $6,000 Combo Meal, offered exclusively on the Vegas hot spot’s room service menu.

The combo meal earned notoriety via a commercial that ran in all Carl’s Jr. markets and featured Palms owners, the Maloof brothers – Joe, Gavin, George Jr. and Phil, – enjoying good company, good wine, and delicious Carl’s Jr. fare. The 30-second commercial, set at the Palms Mint High Limit Lounge and scored to Dean Martin’s “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head,” revealed that a 24-year-old bottle of French Bordeaux is the perfect complement to the Original Six Dollar Burger™ from Carl’s Jr. "

A Kick in the Head indeed! Read the whole story at QSR Online

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December 1, 2006

Easy Gift: Dogs Playing Poker


His Station and Four Aces by C. M. Coolidge, 1903


While there are many variations on the paintings of Dogs Playing Poker, according to Wikipedia, the real deals will sell for upwards of $75,000 and even over $500,000, not exactly a weekend's rake. But if you are loooking for something to spruce up your poker room, there are alternatives within the average budget.

Art.com has a selection of prints of The Dogs Playing Poker series, as well as many more poker-related art for your clubhouse.

Here are a few examples we liked:


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Head on over to Art.com and see their whole line of affordable art prints!

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November 30, 2006

Easy Gift: Casino Wear and Accessories

Besides the actual equiptment needed to PLAY in a casino, a great gift can be an item that is about the casino lifestyle. This could be anything from themed jewlery, watches, apparel , or just about anything else you can think of. Poker-Wear.com is a site that sells poker equiptment, but also gear that is themed like casino games. Here are some examples of some cool items we though would look nice to your poker loving loved one:

A lovely Roulette themed watch

Watch This!


Poker Card covers are just little trinkets that you place on your hand to ensure it is not collected by the dealer. Sure you could just use a chip, but when you want to show your opponets you have the nuts, you'd be better off using this:

The Nuts


Finally who wouldn't look the part with a poker visor:


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So head on over to poker-wear.com and check out all the stuff they have. You are sure to find a great idea or five.


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November 17, 2006

Jack Colton Says: What to Wear at a Vegas Club

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We love our Jack Colton. He's like a shot of espresso every time we check his site out. He has all the info for the Vegas club and party scene, and while we're eafficionados of all things Casino, we're downright squares when it comes to clubbin' in Vegas. Lucky for us Jack is here to lend a hand when we get that invite to meet at a hip joint on the strip. Today's topic: What to wear to a Las Vegas Nightclub.

Jack says that a woman can wear pretty much whatever, and while the ladies here at the Casino Snob's offices beg to differ, Jack is still focusing on the style for the men. And lets face it, its the men that need the help!

Jack Says:

Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, and Miami are all synonymous with high-fashion in the United States. That said; you don’t want to even try to get in the clubs here unless you are dressed properly. It’s not worth getting all the way to the door, and then getting turned back because your shoes don’t fit the dress code (especially when your friends will probably laugh at you and walk straight in leaving you outside without giving even a second thought). I’ve written a general guide for what the majority of the clubs here will let you in with, and what you should wear so that you don’t blend in the crowd.

COLLARED SHIRTS: Any night that you go to a Las Vegas club that has more tourists than locals, you are going to find yourself in a virtual sea of untucked collared shirts with the top button undone. There isn’t anything wrong with wearing this outfit, but you need to at least make damn sure that you don’t match all of your friends. If everyone you are with is wearing the same thing, shake it up a bit with a sport coat or an ultra-thin black tie (or wear something else). The goal is to stand out in a club; not to look like you are the star member of “team dude.”

Wow, he nailed us.

Read the whole article over at Jack Colton.com, and find out what Jack has to say about Jeans, Dress Pants, Hats, and more!

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November 11, 2006

Casino Snob Holiday Buying Guide

The holidays are fast approaching, and that means is a chance for us to bring the world of Casinos into a loved one's life! We've got a handle on the holidays and some great ideas for gifts you can get even the most difficult to buy for on your list. So grab that holiday list, and prepare to shop till you drop as we present to you the Casino Snob Holiday Buying Guide!

Theres one thing a casino snob loves, and thats playing anytime, anywhere. Check out these home-casino items that would look great jammed in an oversize stocking, or wrapped up for giving!

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We begin with a selection of Felt Tops. These are sure to warm the heart of any home gamer. And if you're a regular reader of the site, you may even be able to win a few from the house when they host their first game. And what could be nicer in the holidays than taking it from the house.
Here we have a Caribbean Stud Poker felt top. The opposite side also has a Texas Hold'Em trainer, though we've never had use for that side.

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For those who prefer the Blackjack world, we can reccommend this Black Jack Felt Top. Its got all you need to hit or stay from the comfort of your parlor. Does anyone even have a parlor anymore?

Baccarat At Home!
As we've discussed before, Baccarat is so easy, even a drunken monkey can play it. And the best part is, folks think its sophisticated, so help them look like the coolest gamers around, and get them this Baccarat Mat.


Craps Layout
And of course, what home casino would be complete without a sweet craps setup. You're loved one can shoot the bones all night, and if you're extra nice, you can play the stick person.

So, you get the felt tops all right, but what about the other accessories they'll need? No problem. Here is a set of essentials that every home gamer will want.


Kem
First and foremost, any card game will need cards. And the best cards around are Kem cards. A solid set of Kem Cards will last you for a very very long time. They are more expensive than regular cards, and thats because of the quality of them. We've raved about these cards before, and we stick by 'em.


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Now that you have picked up the cards, you may want to also pick up an 6 deck shoe. This will help you deal those cards in the slickest way possible. Its ideal for blackjack dealing, but its also handy for any card-dealing game your loved one may want to play. The kids even like to play go fish with it.

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That may take care of the card players, but what about those craps accessories? Not to worry!
First off, we have the dice themselves. Now sure, any dice will do in a craps game. But if you want to let your casino snob show their casino style, then you have no choice but to get some profesional craps dice. You can grab a small set of five, or if you have a whole army of snobs (or one really forgetful one), you can pony up and get the brick of 400!

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And now that you have all those dice, you'l want to get your snob the wooden bowl to hold them in! This bowl looks attractive on the table, and helps keep the spare dice separate from the dice that are in play.


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Finally for that craps lovin' casino snob, the best of all craps accessories, the stick. They can run around and beat things like its a riding crop, or they can just handle the dice like a pro, and keep their home game cooking into the wee hours. And because size DOES matter (the size of the table silly!) you can choose from a selection of sticks including 24, 30, 36, 42, and 48. For the record, we reccommend the 42, but only because its the answer to life, the universe and everything.

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But what if your snob's thing is slots? No worries! You can start with a sweet selection of slot machines. They range in price, and style. Included in this group are the Welcome to Las Vegas Skill Stop SLOT Machine, the Fru Full Skill Stop SLOT Machine, and the God Game Skill Stop SLOT Machine. You can even get a personalized version of the Welcome to Las Vegas model! Throw in a pack of tokens for your skill slot machine, and your slot lovin snob is as happy as a pig in mud!


Video Poker Machine
If they are someone you REALLY like. And if they do have just everything, then why not give them the real deal. This is a multi game video poker and slot machine. Just imagine your snob and their pals huddled around this baby cheering on as the bings abd boops whail on. Hmm.. Now that we think about it.You may want to get a set of earmuffs while you're at it, so you can sleep at night.


If you still need more ideas, why not check out the following articles. They have some books that may interest your casino snob, and help them improve their game when they head to the casino for fun.

All About Blackjack
All About Baccarat
All About Craps
How to Win at Hold'Em
Discoveries in Blackjack


We hope we've set you on the right track for your holiday gift giving extravaganza. If you are looking for other gift ideas, you can always browse the rest of the blogpire, listen to our podcast, and see what other ideas spring to mind!

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November 7, 2006

October Wrap Up

Lean back in your easy chair and buckle that safety belt. Its time for the Casino Snob October Wrap up!

Blogpire News
We had more podcasts this past month. If you havent heard them yet, you can listen to yours truly, and Jay Brewer wax rhapsodic about all the blogpire has to offer.

Blogpire Podcast - Liquor Snob - All The News that's Fit to Drink 10.24.06

BlogPire Podcast - Autumnal Festival Episode - Fun Fall Products 10.09.06


Casino Snob Book Club
We kicked off a new category with a look at the perennial casino book: Bringing Down The House. Its a fine read, and you should deffinitely check it out.


Casino Style
There were a couple of Casino Cocktail Fridays. We sipped on a Tequila with Let it Ride and we had a frothy cold one while we played the slots.

We had some smart advice from Jack Colton to never wear sunglasses in those night clubs.

And finally in style, we took a great look at Old Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, and took an overview of the best of the Vegas Music CDs of that classic crooner.


Casinos
The Battle of Connecticut began, with our look at the two big casinos in CT, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. The battle still rages on, and we're excited to see round 2, but for now you can check out the Tale of the Tape.

We found out about the Casino And Gaming Fund and how you can bet on the house.

And finally we learned a little about Kevin Costner's Casino Adventures, and why Nevada may be getting a little more smoke free.


Entertainment
THe big news was of course our look at all the stuff going on for Halloween in Vegas. We are thinking that next year we will have to schedule a trip there for just the week of Halloween, as nowhere else can we slide on our Marilyn Manson costume and potentially win twenty thousand dollars.


News

Playboy made a big swing early in the month by opening up its new playboy club at the Palms.

We also covered a funny and crazy bank heist that looked like Ocean's Eleven.

But all that sex, crime, and rock and roll could not outshine the big bomb of October, the online gambling ban within the US. We are still dealing with the reprocussions, which have included places freezing accounts, buyouts, and mergers galore.

Yes, it was a wild October, and we're excited to see what happens next as we head into the Holidays.

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October 29, 2006

Old Blue Eyes

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One of the things we like to cover here at the Casino Snob, are the things that have that Casino Style. These may be anything from clothing and accessories, to movies and music that give that Casino feel. One of the major pieces of how casinos get that feel has got to be music. There is deffinitely music out there that always reminds us of the class and style of the Casino. And none could be more identifiable than the big band sounds and magical voice of Frank Sinatra.

When we pop in some sinatra with a big swing beat, we find ourselves magically uplifted. We feel like the coolest folks in town, and beleive us, its a great feeling. Below you will find a selection of Frank Sinatra Albums that you can pick up to bring that casino style into wherever you are.


The Very Best of Frank Sinatra -- The pic above is the album cover, and this is album is just what it says, the very best. This album has twenty tracks, and its filled with the softer gentler Sinatra. Its deffinitely worth having in your collection.

Classic Sinatra
Classic Sinatra -- This was our first Sinatra album. Its an excellent collection, but we do miss "Luck Be a Lady Tonight", which is easily our favorite Vegas Sinatra tune. This album has a nice range of his songs from swingers to ballads, and for us, its the epitomy of his talent.

Sinatra Vegas Box Set

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-- This is the grand-daddy of them all. All the Sinatra you could ask for, in one box set. Its his best hits all performed live at acts in Las Vegas, and it gets us in that casino feel every time.

So there you have it, a simple selection of Sinatra. We reccommend you get a disc, and pop it in your car, or maybe burn some MP3s and stroll around the Bellagio with Old Blue Eyes crooning in your ear. You will feel that Vegas cool penetrate you, and we promise, it will raise your spirits every time.

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