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Old 05-08-2013, 11:25 PM
 
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Yes. I agree with all of the above. Wendover is nice because it is laid-back. Laughlin seems similar, however there are more properties in Laughlin than Wendover, as would be expected.

I will say that I still enjoy Vegas, perhaps just because of the masses. But once a year is enough for me, and two days max is all I can take! Driving north on I-15 out of of Vegas feels pretty good. Kind of like a relief.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:42 AM
 
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Yes. I agree with all of the above. Wendover is nice because it is laid-back. Laughlin seems similar, however there are more properties in Laughlin than Wendover, as would be expected.

I will say that I still enjoy Vegas, perhaps just because of the masses. But once a year is enough for me, and two days max is all I can take! Driving north on I-15 out of of Vegas feels pretty good. Kind of like a relief.
Let's I went to Vegas in '09 or '10 for the first time in over 30 years. There were more folks in a cross walk at any given time than on 17th St at Noon

Heading down there again in a week and a half, primarily to see my sister as a friend of ours just turned 50 and we're celebrating or something like that
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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I will say that I still enjoy Vegas, perhaps just because of the masses. But once a year is enough for me, and two days max is all I can take! Driving north on I-15 out of of Vegas feels pretty good. Kind of like a relief.
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Heading down there again in a week and a half, primarily to see my sister as a friend of ours just turned 50 and we're celebrating or something like that
Well, folks coming or going to or from points north of Las Vegas on I-15 do have an option in case they just can't wait if going, or one last chance to get even if leaving. It is called Mesquite.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:25 AM
 
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Well, folks coming or going to or from points north of Las Vegas on I-15 do have an option in case they just can't wait if going, or one last chance to get even if leaving. It is called Mesquite.
Yep, have a friend who just got home from there tonight
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:18 AM
 
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Mesquite is another Wendover, probably serving St. George more than Vegas. However, its I-15 location probably does bring in traffic. Bigger picture, longterm speaking, is how will Vegas compete with casinos popping up all over the country? My instincts tell me that Vegas is in need of re-inventing itself once again, not as a casino location, but a hip club location. I think we are already seeing this, and I would expect this to continue to evolve over the next decade. My prediction is Vegas will continue to be relevant, but not by 50+ gamblers, but those who are 20-30 who want a club scene, with the gambling background still being a somewhat relevant attraction. I'm not sure Vegas can continue to be viable with this model.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:46 AM
 
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Bigger picture, longterm speaking, is how will Vegas compete with casinos popping up all over the country?
All of the Nevada gambling centers have been affected by the competition, not just Las Vegas, from the rise of the Indian casinos. In heavily populated California, many players, myself excepted, now prefer to patronize the close by Indian casinos rather than make the longer more expensive trip to Nevada resorts. Laughlin has suffered, and so has Reno/Tahoe. South Lake Tahoe is still popular as a summer vacation destination and as a winter ski resort, but not much going on at other times. On fall visits in recent years, after the summer crowds have gone and before ski season starts, this traveler has found SLT quite dead and very quiet.
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:24 AM
 
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Las Vegas is probably doing a lot of soul searching right now. The housing crisis was devastating to the area, and it is slowly coming back, but I do mean slowly.

Those looking to visit Vegas for gambling these days are either high rollers, or nobody. By that I mean, the attraction to the middle-level gambler to Vegas is in trouble. Thus, many casinos are offering great comp offers to anyone who has been there before and signed up for their casino memberships. It really is a feeling of desperation. I have not spent a tremendous amount of money in Vegas in the last couple of years, but the "free room" offers come in about twice a week. This sounds a little scary to me for Vegas. They obviously need customers, despite how much they spend.
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:06 AM
 
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Las Vegas is probably doing a lot of soul searching right now. The housing crisis was devastating to the area, and it is slowly coming back, but I do mean slowly.

Those looking to visit Vegas for gambling these days are either high rollers, or nobody. By that I mean, the attraction to the middle-level gambler to Vegas is in trouble. Thus, many casinos are offering great comp offers to anyone who has been there before and signed up for their casino memberships. It really is a feeling of desperation. I have not spent a tremendous amount of money in Vegas in the last couple of years, but the "free room" offers come in about twice a week. This sounds a little scary to me for Vegas. They obviously need customers, despite how much they spend.
Yes and knowing such as I am going this month, I will be conservative as the main idea is getting together with friends.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:36 PM
 
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Yes and knowing such as I am going this month, I will be conservative as the main idea is getting together with friends.
We'll check with you to make sure you "did the right thing," while gambling. It's your FRIENDS that matter.

Once I was in a kind of a remote area in a Casino (I won't name it but it has an awesome entertainment and shopping). Saw Charlie Sheen, Sr. kind of hiding from the crowds too. He was perfectly content to let me sit where I was as it was clear I was just watching and didn't want anything from him.

Let us know all the COOL people you see, and your FRIENDS

MSR
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:40 AM
 
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We'll check with you to make sure you "did the right thing," while gambling. It's your FRIENDS that matter.

Once I was in a kind of a remote area in a Casino (I won't name it but it has an awesome entertainment and shopping). Saw Charlie Sheen, Sr. kind of hiding from the crowds too. He was perfectly content totn let me sit where I was as it was clear I was just watching and didn't want anything from him.

Let us know all the COOL people you see, and your FRIENDS

MSR
Great story. I think most celebs are attracted S.Vegas
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