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GOT 9 minutes? - A chat about casinos, luxury travel, Las Vegas, and gambling with a focus on experiences. #PaxEx (Passenger Experience) and #CasinoEx (Casino Experience) are major areas of conversation and exploration. Get your daily dose.

GOT 9 minutes? - A chat about casinos, luxury travel, Las Vegas, and gambling with a focus on experiences. #PaxEx (Passenger Experience) and #CasinoEx (Casino Experience) are major areas of conversation and exploration. Get your daily dose.


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GOT 9 minutes? - A chat about casinos, luxury travel, Las Vegas, and gambling with a focus on experiences. #PaxEx (Passenger Experience) and #CasinoEx (Casino Experience) are major areas of conversation and exploration. Get your daily dose.








Episode 98 UK Casinos Open on August 1st

Today’s episode dives into the fascinating topic of UK casinos reopening from August 1st, which has been a long time coming, given that casinos in the UK closed down in earlier this year in March. The government has confirmed that casinos will now be allowed to reopen, adhering to strict rules on social distancing and public safety, of course. In this episode, Michael and Steve (@LasVegasUK) discuss some of these new regulations, from social distancing, plexi screens, and regular...


Episode 97 Non Gaming hotels in Las Vegas - A viable option?

In his own words, host Michael is a gambler, and he stays where the casinos are, even though Vegas is home to several excellent hotels that do not have onsite casinos. This episode is dedicated to answering the question of whether you should stay at a non-gaming hotel. After noting the prevalence of conventions, we talk about why Vegas needs hotels for people who are there for business, not pleasure. From wanting to stay at non-smoking hotels to landing comps for affiliate properties, we...


Episode 96 Nine Minutes on THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS

Welcome back to another episode of ZorkCast. It’s another Nine Minute episode and, today, we’re going to talk about nine minutes on, drum roll please – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas! Commonly referred to as Cosmo (which is what we will call it today to save time), the resort opened on December 15, 2010, and is located just south of the Bellagio on the west side of Las Vegas Boulevard. In this episode, we discuss our favourite things about Cosmo, their great selection of slots, and review the...


Episode 95 Flying to Vegas from the UK 🇬🇧

In today’s world, pre-COVID-19, flying transatlantic from the UK to the States is considered an every day, multi-option travel journey. When you’re deciding on what route to fly, how to spend your money, what airline to choose, and whether to connect or fly nonstop, you can easily become overwhelmed with all the aspects to take into consideration. We love to fly and have been doing so for many years. We have figured out what we like and what works for us. We’re back again today for another...


Episode 94 Nine Minutes on Mandalay Bay Las Vegas

Nine minutes is just about the amount of time needed to review anything…or so Steve (@LasVegasUK) seems to think. On this episode of ZorkCast Steve introduces a new concept, known as “Nine minutes on…” whereby Michael and Steve spend strictly nine minutes discussing something related to Las Vegas and/or travel. They aren’t allowed to go any further, as Michael has a special buzzer that goes off once the strict nine-minute time limit is up. The first-ever “Nine Minutes On” episode features...


[ 🔥BREAKING 🔥] Episode 93 WTF?! Travel Corridors?!

Coronavirus regulations in the United Kingdom currently mean that you must self-isolate for 14 days if you return to the UK from a country outside the common travel area. However, the UK government has now announced that it is satisfied that it is now safe to ease these measures in England and has introduced travel corridors for some countries and territories. From 10 July 2020, you will not have to self-isolate when you arrive in England if you are travelling or returning from one of the...


Episode 92 What is a Discretionary Casino Comp?

Discretionary casino comps have become a nebulous concept since there is such a discrepancy in the allocation of them among different casinos. Back in the day, hotels and casinos readily gave away discretionary comps, but this has changed significantly over time. Today, hosts rarely give these away, often suggesting you use your rewards credits instead or charge the items to your room. This is not to say that you should give up trying but perhaps to approach it a little differently, keeping...


Episode 91 Vegas Reopening - Wynn-tastic! (Wynn Las Vegas)

What everyone has been waiting for — Vegas is back for business. We sent out an advanced scout in the form of podcast host Michael and this episode; we dive into what you can expect from Vegas now that it’s reopened. Based on his nine-day trip, Michael talks about why he had a superb time in Vegas but that some peculiarities might take getting used to. Not being allowed to high-five the players at craps is just one of them. A more significant challenge for Michael was the lack of...


Episode 90 Atlantic City Casinos Reopening - How is this gonna work?

[Important Note: The entire landscape and rules and regulations for the openings of casinos in New Jersey is a "moving target." We recorded episode 90 on June 24th, 2020] When the first Atlantic City casinos opened, players used to queue along the boardwalk to get in. Now that the city is reopening its casinos from July 2nd, not many people know what to expect. With limits on how many people can enter Atlantic City’s casinos, we may get to see lines snaking along the boardwalk again. To get...


Episode 89 Understanding New England Casinos Reopening Plans

Today, we have an extraordinary guest who is going to be talking about the New England Casino scene, with much emphasis on Massachusetts, Robin Aubin. Robin is the founder of NETimeGambling, a blog where he shares his interest in gambling, the casino business, and his love for New England. NETimeGambling’s goal is to provide the necessary resources for anyone visiting New England’s expanding casino market. In this episode, we’re going to be talking about the reopening of casinos in New...


Episode 88 Your First Time in Vegas - Three Things You Got Wrong

We all remember our first time in Vegas — the lights of the Strip, the excitement of playing, and the first property that you ever stayed in. But like all first-timers, you probably made the same mistakes that we did. In today’s episode, Steve (LasVegasUK on Twitter) shares the top three things that he absolutely got wrong on his first trip to Vegas. In our conversation, we talk about why you should never book a property through third-parties, not even if your uncle is a travel agent, and...


Episode 87 Vegas Reopening - Caesars Palace - "Covid Excuse"

Everything you wanted to know, from day #1 of the reopening of Las Vegas. Also, a few things you probably did NOT want to know. Michael and Steve (LasVegasUK on Twitter) banter about this “historic” casino event. Caesars Palace Las Vegas Caesars Palace Hotel Rooms (including my Augustus Tower Premium Smoking Room) Wynn Las Vegas Introducing the new co-host for ZorkCast Steve - LasVegasUK Follow him on Twitter @LasVegasUK ZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the...


Episode 86 More Thoughts About Casino Hosts

Join us on the show as we are taking this opportunity to continue exploring the question of whether you should have a casino host! Following on from the last episode, we talk about the impact of comps and why never to feel bad about making the most of what you have earned. The conversation also covers the apparent difference in standards for foreigners and local casino visitors and how these norms may have changed recently. Michael and Steve (LasVegasUK on Twitter) underline the importance...


Episode 85 Let's Talk About Casino Hosts

Today we will be discussing the topic of casino hosts and specifically if you should have one. Now, if you have not heard of a casino host before that is understandable, and we take a few minutes to explain exactly what their role is and how it differs from other comparable positions at a resort. From there, we talk about the process of finding one — which is actually, usually up to them. Steve (LasVegasUK on Twitter) shares some thoughts and experiences of when a casino host will become...


Episode 84 [NO BS] - MGM Mlife (M life Rewards) Versus Caesars Rewards

In this episode, we introduce our new co-host, the (other) UK half of ZorkCast, Steve. Many of you might follow some of his banter as LasVegasUK on Twitter. In this episode, we’re going to jump into one of the most frequently asked questions in Vegas and the casino loyalty world, and a topic that will most likely deserve a few additional episodes to get into the nuances. We compare the MGM M life loyalty program versus Caesars Rewards loyalty programs. We discuss the status level and tier...


Episode 83 Turning Left for Less and COVID-19 Chaos

Events have turned such that those of us in the travel business are locked up in our houses, trying to figure out just what we are going to do with ourselves. When will travel bans be lifted and what will happen to all of the flights and trips we already had scheduled to occur in the next few months? We had Michele Robson from Turning Left for Less join us on today’s episode to share all of her thoughts and great advice on the matter. It’s easy to get down in the dumps about all this so we...


Episode 82 Gamify Baby! with Gilbert of God Save The Points

Welcome back to ZorkCast for this super busy and also super crazy 2020! Hopefully, in these uncertain times, we can all find some comfort in our lives. Today on the show, we are privileged to welcome back Gilbert of God Save the Points as our guest. We want to also congratulate Gilbert on the birth of his new frequent flyer, Olive! With the development of the COVID-19 events, there have been a lot of changes in the travel industry and brands are having to take new approaches to their...


Episode 81 What Excites You The Most About Miles and Points 2019 - LVA Travel

What do you think about the airlines’ new award system, shifting from fixed to variable? In this episode, we check in to hear what LVA Travel writer Mike Friedman has to say on the topic. LVA Travel "The Travel Game" (lva.travel) is the new Travel, Points and Miles section of Las Vegas Advisor launched this summer. For him, the change has been mostly positive, and he explains why availability and choice in this regard weigh heavier than pricing. Mike also talks about the advantages of a...


Episode 80 Cairo Baccarat Talk with John Morris of Wheelchair Travel

Today on the show John Morris from Wheelchair Travel joins Michael to talk about their recent trip to the Caesars in Cairo – inside the luxurious Four Seasons. After convincing John to play punto banco aka baccarat for the first time, it turned out to be an entirely new experience for Michael too! What they learned was that all baccarat is not created equal as the rules for this game are somewhat different from the version they know in the United States. Both give their opinions about tie...


Episode 79 Egypt Talk with John Morris of Wheelchair Travel

Today John Morris of Wheelchair Travel joins Michael on the show to talk all things about their recent trip to Cairo! John connects with Michael from Dubai in the middle of a whirlwind trip, after just having visited his hundredth airport with a wheelchair! After some small talk about dry airlines, favourite airplanes and the meaning of, “just a minute,” we get into the thick of their Cairo experience. Michael shares a visa story first, and then we hear about the pair’s first night in Egypt...