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Las Vegas Trip Reports, Tips & Tricks, Review and More...

Las Vegas Trip Reports, Tips & Tricks, Review and More...




Las Vegas Trip Reports, Tips & Tricks, Review and More...




Sin City Stories - Volume 7: What Might Have Been

Las Vegas is built on dreams. Whether it's the people who travel to the city every year dreaming of scoring a big jackpot or the investors, developers, designers and architects who dream of having their next big project come to life on the world-famous Vegas Strip. Unfortunately, not every dream comes true. From a resort based on a disastrous maiden voyage, to a hotel & casino built around professional wrestling, to what would have been the first ever "mega-resort", the history of Las...


Sin City Stories - Volume 6: 10/1/17

Warning: This episode of Sin City Stories contains descriptions of an event that some listeners may find disturbing or triggering. Listener discretion is advised. October 1, 2017. It's a date burned into the memories of both Las Vegas residents and visitors. On that day, the Vegas Strip - a spot normally associated with fun and frivolity - became a site of terror for thousands attending a nearby country music festival. From his suite on one of the high floors at a nearby hotel, a gunman...


Casino: Fact vs Fiction

The 1995 movie, "Casino" directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone is, in my opinion, an absolute classic and a must-watch for anyone at all interested in Las Vegas. The film - which just celebrated its 25th anniversary - tells the story of Sam "Ace" Rothstein, an expert sports-handicapper who's sent to Las Vegas by the Chicago Outfit to oversee the skimming operations at the fictional Tangiers Hotel & Casino. "Casino" is based on actual events and...


Goin' Solo

I do A LOT of solo traveling, particularly to Las Vegas - but I've also done solo trips to other cities including Seattle, Toronto and Los Angeles. People often ask me what the appeal is of traveling solo. Don't I get bored? Do I worry about my safety? What does my wife think about me traveling solo? (The answers to those questions are, in order: no, no and she's fine with it since I'm usually doing stuff she doesn't like) A lot of folks won't take the jump and book a solo vacation, but...


Hidden Gems - Pizza Joints, Steakhouses & Dive Bars

One of my favourite things about being a frequent Vegas visitor and having friends who live there has been them taking me away from the tourist areas to check out some of the locals' spots around the city. And I've been noticing more and more lately that people have been asking about these locals' spots; they want to know some of the cool places around Las Vegas where the residents go to eat and hang out - and my guest for this episode is here to help out! Robert Harley is a Vegas local...


Total Immersion - The Psychology Of Slot Machines

I think we've all had that experience where a bunch of time passes and we have no idea where it's gone. Whether it's while driving down the highway, surfing social media or - sitting at a slot machine in a casino in Las Vegas. But what causes that effect? Why do our brains drift away like that and take us out of reality? My guest for this episode of the podcast is here to help us understand. Spencer Murch has a PhD in Psychology & Cognitive Science from the University of British Columbia...


Vegas From Across The Pond

I always love having other "Vegas fanatics" on the podcast, and my guest for this episode definitely falls into that category! Joining me from "across the pond" is Steve White, better known on Twitter as @LasVegasUK. If you've ever listened to the ZorkCast presented by TravelZork, you'll recognize Steve as the British half of the show. Steve is also extremely well-versed in all things Vegas. Steve & I chatted about everything from our predictions on potential changes coming to Las Vegas,...


My Special Guest - Dani Elizabeth

My guest for this episode is a Vegas Showgirl - and I'm not talking about the "showgirls" you see strolling the strip, posing for pictures with tourists. I mean, a LEGIT Las Vegas Showgirl. Dani Elizabeth began dancing as a small child - and she just never really stopped. Growing up in upstate New York, Dani studied marketing & advertising in University and continued to dance through her college years with her school's dance team, an arena football team and even performing as a superhero...


Closed For Business

Only twice in recent history, has Las Vegas seen a so-called "shutdown" of the famed Vegas Strip. In November 1963, casinos closed their doors for a National Day of Mourning following the assassination of then-US President John F. Kennedy. That closure lasted about 17 hours and even then, only a few casinos took part with several just shutting down their gaming areas for the duration of the funeral - about 3 hours. The next shutdown would happen 57 years later...and last much MUCH...


My Special Guest - Jen Kramer

Las Vegas is officially the magic capital of the world, currently playing host to multiple magic shows - not to mention some of the legendary performers who've graced the Vegas Strip throughout its history. My guest for this episode of the podcast is Jen Kramer, who's currently headlining "The Magic of Jen Kramer" at the famed Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, which she opened in May 2018. Named "Female Magician of the Year" by the International Magicians Society and recognized as a 40...


Vegas FAQ - COVID-19 Edition

Back in September 2019, I released an episode titled "Vegas FAQ", which was essentially a round up of the Vegas-related questions that I was seeing posted over and over again on Twitter & Facebook as well as the questions that I personally was being asked most often. I covered a ton of material in that episode; everything from money & budgets to booze, week & prostitution laws. Here we are, a little over a year later, and the world is a VERY different place. And, thanks to "the 'Rona", the...


Best Of Jeff Does Vegas - Entertainer Showcase

There's no doubt that Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world. Anywhere you go in the city - whether on The Strip or off - you're going to find some of the most insanely talented people on the planet working as headliners in showrooms, busting their rear-ends in various casino lounges and everywhere in between. I've been lucky enough to have several of them appear as guests on the podcast and even more fortunate to be able to call many of them my friends. As we wrap up 2020, I...


Best Of Jeff Does Vegas - Tips, Tricks and More

One of the things I've enjoyed the most about doing this podcast has been helping people plan their own trips to Las Vegas, and I've been able to do that in couple of different ways. Firstly, with my "trip report" episodes; I've loved being able to share my Vegas experiences and provide reviews of hotels, restaurants, shows, attractions and anything else I've gotten up to during my time in the city. Secondly, through the various conversations I've had with Vegas-related experts who I've...


Best Of Jeff Does Vegas - Las Vegas History

One of the most popular topics I cover on the podcast is Las Vegas history. People love hearing about the colorful & interesting past of their favourite city as well as the cast of "characters" who helped to shape it. I've had the pleasure of speaking with authors, other podcasters and historians on a huge variety of subjects, covering everything from the mob's role in creating Las Vegas to deep dives into the history of some of the most iconic Vegas hotels & casinos and so much more! I...


Best Of Jeff Does Vegas - Gambling, Gaming & More

Over the course of the last year or so, I've had the opportunity to talk gambling and gaming with some very cool guests and cover what I thought were some fun and interesting topics. We talked about everything from how to bet on sports, to apps that help you keep track of table game limits, to when "skill" becomes "cheating" and even superstition as it relates to Las Vegas. As such, for this bonus "Best Of" episode, I thought it might be fun to take a trip back and listen to some of the...


Sin City Stories - Volume 5: Atomic Vegas

It's a little-known fact that just over 60 miles away from the glitz & glamour of the Las Vegas Strip, the United States Government used to test atomic weapons. Just as the Cold War with Russia was beginning to heat up, the US Department of Energy began testing nuclear bombs in the Nevada desert. The blasts lit up the sky and the mushroom clouds could be seen for miles around - including from the rooftops of the hotels in downtown Vegas. But how did the nuclear age find its way to Las...


The Science Of Scent

If you've ever been to Las Vegas, you're well aware of the unique scents of the various casinos & hotels up and down The Strip. In fact, if you ask people what one of their favorite parts of Vegas is, they'll tell you "it's the smell inside the casinos". And it seems that everyone has their own preferred scent - so much so, that there are thousands of posts online from people asking how to either purchase or duplicate their favorite casino scent. But what's the big deal about smell? Why is...


A Place In The Sun

December 15, 1952 saw the opening of one of the most iconic hotels in the history of Las Vegas: The Sands Hotel & Casino During its heyday, it played host to some of the biggest names in entertainment of the day, most notably the legendary "Rat Pack" featuring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr. And although that might be what the Sands is best known for, there's way more to the story than that - and that's where my guest for this episode steps in. David Schwartz is the author of...


The Show Goes On...

There's no question that the COVID-19 outbreak, lockdown and the subsequent limitations on re-openings have been extremely tough on everyone in Las Vegas. But one of the hardest hit segments are the people involved in the entertainment industry. After 7 long months, shows are finally starting to re-open along The Strip and my guest for this episode is one of those people who's found himself trying to sort out performing during a pandemic. Vin A. from The Bronx Wanderers is back to chat...


Beating The Crowd

When you're headed to Las Vegas, it's important make sure your smartphone is loaded up with all the essential apps - including your casino loyalty apps, rideshare apps and your photo sharing & social media apps to make your friends jealous about your Vegas trip. There's a brand new app available for use in Vegas that could save you time, the aggravation of waiting in lines and - most importantly during these weird COVID-19 times - help maintain social distancing. NowCrowd is the first app...