How to Dine in Vegas for $30 a Day or Less

Published on Thu, Sep 3, 2015 by Cash Cooper
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Las Vegas is well known for their buffets, but we all know that three meals a day in addition to your crazy nights out can get a bit pricey. You definitely don't want to be eating at one buffet a day, stuffing yourself so full, and hoping that it'll last you the rest of the day and night. You'll most likely be feeling extremely uncomfortable because, like many other people, you tried to get your money's worth out of that  Vegas buffet. This is pretty much a bummer for everyone involved because you're miserable from stuffing yourself, you're making the day miserable for everyone else with your rude comments, and in a few hours, you're just going to be hungry again. Let's be honest. No one wants a 'hangry' friend on their hands, especially before a night out with all of your best friends. Was that $20 buffet even worth it? 

The fact is, you can easily eat in Las Vegas for less than $30 a day. At some meals you can even have a cocktail or two at and still come in under budget. That's the dream; because who doesn't enjoy some solid day drinking? Just because you're in the land of $30 buffets and $12 drinks doesn't mean that you can't dine like a true Cheapo! Here are some of our favorite places to choose from when we're dining on $30 a day or less...

Breakfast of Champi... Errr... Cheapos

You may recognize some of these from our list of the best hangover breakfasts, but many of those Vegas eateries didn't quite make this list because you have to pay a little extra to really cure a true Vegas hangover. The following eateries, however, offer Vegas breakfast options that won't make you cringe when you see your bill. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Funny, because it's often the cheapest meal of the day, too. Some of our favorite Cheapo breakfasts include...

  • Omelet House: In Downtown Vegas, because almost everyone can get a hearty meal here for right around $8 (but remember a little extra for a tip because the service is friendly, too.) They have great breakfast specials (which, unfortunately, are not available on the weekends) as well as classic items like that you'd expect to see on every menu. Some favorites of this quaint Omelet House include, the eggs Benedict and the corned beef and hash, which are priced right. Add a $2 slice of banana nut bread if you're feeling "nutty" or a slice of their delicious pumpkin bread to celebrate the coming fall and winter months.
  • Grand Cafe at Boulder Station: This delicious 24/7 cafe is constantly offering special deals that will be kind to your wallet. Some of these meals start at just $1.99 and go up from there. At Grand Cafe, they understand your need for a solid meal after crazy nights out that won't put a major dent in your budget. You can always rely on this delicious cafe for a cheap, but quality meal with a menu that includes a wide range of food from hot buttermilk pancakes, salads and sandwiches, chili cheeseburgers, and homemade pastries and pies.
  • Peppermill Restaurant: If you want a cheap breakfast without going off the Strip, you might have to pay a little bit more, but it ends up evening out by saving you money in terms of transportation. The portions at Peppermill are huge, so sharing is an option, or just go ahead and eat the whole thing and have it last you for a while. You can also use this as your main meal and have a light lunch (like, Miller Lite for lunch, right?) instead. You can get most meals for around $10-$15, but the biscuits and gravy are <$10. (Which normally we'd complain about, but here we'll take what we can get!) Breakfast is served 24 hours so if you are one who sleeps until noon and then wants breakfast, or one who wants breakfast at 3AM after a night out, this is the place for you!
  • Marilyn's Cafe: Also located close to the Strip and open 24 hours, Marilyn's Cafe has cheap biscuits and gravy for less than price of the Peppermill, as well as many other reasonably-priced dishes. Many meals at this little Tuscany Hotel and Casino Treasure come in around $8, but if you're good at mixing and matching, you could probably get a group of side menu items for less.

Lunch (Or as we Cheapos like to refer to it, 'Happy Hour')

We cannot stress enough the importance of a hearty lunch, which usually consists of a few margaritas on special for three hours a day with free chips or a cheap meal to hold us over until we're out of the casino floor and craving something that we probably can't even taste. We've already told you our favorite Vegas happy hour specials this summer - many of which also have food specials - but for every day pricing, check out these cheap Vegas lunches:

  • Earl of Sandwich: We cannot stress enough how important these Vegas restaurants are to our wallets and hearts. If you're eating in Vegas for cheap, you're going to really appreciate the delicacies you can get here for around $6(ish). There are many favorites and they're literally all good. Also, this is a great place for vegetarians to get a solid substantial meal that doesn't just consist of a salad or french fries. If you want to change up your dining experience there is one location at Planet Hollywood and a newer location at the Palms
  • Tacos El Gordo: This one has two different locations and can be found Downtown or on the Vegas Strip to ease your lunchtime Mexican cravings. Even if that doesn't ease your stomach for the rest of the night, will be well worth it. Unlike a few cheap Mexican places (or even some of the pricey ones) the food here is pretty good. Go for the carne asada or the Adobada tacos and you won't be disappointed. Who can pass up a $2 taco that actually tastes like a delicious and nutricious taco? 

Linner, Dinner, Fourth Meal ... Fourinner? Whatever you want to call "Eating Late"...

While many of us haven't differentiated between lunch, dinner and late night specials, there are a few people in Vegas that still like to eat dinner before 10pm, or after 3pm. Most of those people are making fancy dinner reservations at Bellagio restaurants, hustling up to the buffets like suckers who couldn't put a little effort into finding a good meal deal or our friends who just woke up and are going to the places that might still be serving breakfast. If you're not one of these people, how about:

  • Ellis Island Brewery: At this 24 hour brewery, you can't go wrong with any meal here, and most of them are well-priced and will easily fit into your budget. Sandwiches, steaks, BBQ and even a little menu of house specialties can all be bought for less than $10.  This is cheap enough so you will even have enough to have a brew with your dinner, which is convenient when you're at a brewery. Their craft beers are just $2 each, so drink up!
  • Chicago Brewing Co: 24 hour, CHEAP (but gooood) beers, pizzas, and wings? Yes, sounds like dinner to us... 
  • Mr. Lucky's: Also open 24 hours, Mr. Lucky's offers breakfast all day. The Gambler Special at this Hard Rock Hotel and Casino diner for $7.77 can't really be beat for a steak, shrimp, side and a salad. It's available whenever the restaurant is open, which is always. So that's pretty agreeable, too.
  • Westside Deli: At Circus Circus, you can find a sub $5 great tasting giant hot dog here. (The effort to not make a dirty and inappropriate joke about loving giant dogs is almost as hard as resisting these dogs. We digress.)

If late-night snacking if more your thing, check out these late night Vegas restaurants whenever you get the craving for something after a long night out and about the city. Vegas may be famous for their fancy restaurants and buffets, but that doesn't mean that you have to eat at them. Vegas is also famous for their 99 cent shrimp cocktails at the casinos and the chips they serve there, too, but those chips aren't as helpful as quenching your appetite as they are at ensuring you'll surely need a Cheapo place to dine. Let us know where your favorite place to eat on the cheap is, and what you get there when you're sticking to a budget in Vegas is by commenting below, joining us on Facebook or following us on Twitter! 


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Desperately Seeking Sandwich- The Best Las Vegas Late Night Dining

Published on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 by Cash Cooper
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When in Vegas, it's really important to know about all the late night dining spots that offer food you might actually want to eat when you're sober and won't have you feeling taken advantage of in your drunken stupor late night state. (Not that there will be much in the way of leftovers, but you could at least avoid a belly ache the following morning.)

A notorious night owl (and sufferer of the "Drunchies"), Casino boy is here to help everyone out there who are desperately seeking sandwich! Forget Susan - we need a hoagie and tots, please! We'll make it real simple for you, so that you can get off the computer, out to the bar and then on to your graveyard dining destinations. Here's a simple guide to the best Las Vegas late night dining. Okay, we'll admit that most of our suggestions aren't actually sandwiches, but that's okay with you guys, right? Let's face it - diversity is a must when it comes Las Vegas dining.

So here you go; Our favorite cheap pizza, sandwiches and tacos to tide you over until morning!

Avenue 24 Bar & Grill at the MGM Grand – Serves early morning favorites like the signature "Avenue 24", or, get your munchies on and try the “Scramble" - a two-fisted breakfast sandwich! 

Mr. Lucky’s at the Hard Rock Hotel– A Vegas “fav” open 24/7 serving big time breakfasts including waffles, omelets, grilled cheese sliders (yea…), burgers, lettuce wraps, sandwiches and a Casino Boy favorite - the best milkshakes in Vegas!!

Secret Pizza at the Cosmopolitan: Okay, this used to be a secret, but the cat's pretty much out of the bag with this Vegas pizzeria by now. They have thin crust pizza, pin ball machines and they're open until 4am or 5am depending on the day (or morning). The line might be long, so bring whatever friend you made at the club to "entertain" you while you wait. Not to worry - the pizza is worth the wait, and the prices are very Cheapo-friendly.

Earl of Sandwich at Planet Hollywood: Our highest recommended stop for late-night dining at PH. They're open 24 hours a day, so you don't have to rush back from the club, unless you're just that hungry and/or really need a bathroom. All of their sandwiches are good, but the ones that come highly recommended are the Caribbean Jerk, Tuna Melt, Roast beef or even their breakfast sandwich if you get in before 11am.

Tacos El Gordo in Downtown Vegas is open until 5am on weekends, and their cheap street tacos and specialties bring in quite the crowd. Beware of the spicy stuff! Don't try to be a hero just because you have a few Miller Lites in you - it will not be worth it once you've sobered up and can actually feel the effect of the spicy jalapeno peppers. You can get it to go, and that way if you pass out right when you get to your room you have breakfast. Mexican is the perfect cuisine for an early morning meal right before you pass out, right? The only downfall is that they don't serve alcohol here, so make sure to bring a flask or come with your blood pre-marinated.

Ellis Island Casino and Brewery: The cheap eats here are almost as great as the beers you get at this Las Vegas brewery. A late night Vegas restaurant with a prime rib special might not seem all that special these days, but trust us, this is one of the best in town. Most of their food is good, actually. And really, are we going to turn down a spot where we can keep drinking through the night as we shove food down our pie-holes? That doesn't sound like us.

The Peppermill is right between the the Wynn and the Riviera, and you're sure to be "wynning" with a meal from here. (Bad puns are back in style, Cheapos!) Bask in the neon lights that are considered powerful even by Las Vegas standards. It's a little pricier than some of the aforementioned spots, but it's definitely still a Cheapo find, especially for it's location by the hoity-toity Wynn. Casino boy wouldn't steer you away from this place. (That being said, you really shouldn't allow CB to drive.)

Market Street Cafe in Downtown Las Vegas: We hear great things about the Oxtail soup and Hawaiian cuisine, but we like it because of all the great prices and the fact that it's a 24-hour Vegas restaurant. They've got tons of Vegas late night specials to ease the pain that will come tomorrow...

So there you have it. These are our favorite Vegas Cheapo late night restaurants for when we're desperately seeking a sandwich, pizza, taco, greasy omlette, burger, milkshake or whatever else your waitress will serve.

The most important thing to know when you're going to Vegas, other than where you'll snooze or where you'll party, is where you plan to eat when the sun's coming up!  Luckily, we got your back and have the inside scoop on all of it. 

There are late night Las Vegas dining spots in almost every hotel out there, but some are better than others, and the ones in this list are the best and the cheapest around! Let us know your favorite late night dining spot, whether it's on our list or not! You can comment below, Tweet us, or drop us a line on Facebook. Believe or not, we love to talk about the best food, booze and fun in Sin City. 


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Banned in Vegas! What They Did and What You Shouldn't Do!

Published on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 by Cash Cooper
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Banned in Vegas? Bummer and certainly a big time buzz kill! This is supposed to be the city where anything goes, right? Actually, that's a common myth, because while many people think that you can do what you want, say what you want, wear what you want and act however the @#$! you want, you can't. Vegas has their rules too, no matter how much looser they our than the rest of the world's, you can still get banned from Vegas.

Now, don't worry. You pretty much have to do something terrible or extremely offensive/illegal/completely stupid to get banned from the casinos in Vegas, but it doeshappen. Because we care about you, here's a small list of things that you should avoid doing if you don't want to cause a ruckus and end up on your butt...cus?... or out of the party. Basically here's what (definitely) not to do in Vegas. (Speaking of things you shouldn't do, here's our guide to what not to joke about in Las Vegas, too.)

Don't Start a Boycott
It's really easy to tell all your fans not to go somewhere and have them listen to you, but come on, that's a little rude! Let people find out for themselves, right!? Or at least confine it to a 1-star rating on Yelp like the rest of us! Vince Neil of Motley Crue obviously didn't think his Yelp review would have quite the effect as a boycott would, so when he wasn't pleased with a meal he had at one of the Palms restaurants, he told his fans to definitely not eat there ever. Vinsanity = BANNED.

Don't Rent a House (it's banned)... Get a Hotel Room or Sweet Suite!
Officials are serious about this one.. just ask the one homeowner dude or dudette that was fined $29,000 for ignoring the ban! Ouch, twenty-nine large!! But in Vegas, the concept of renting a home versus a hotel room is better than the reality because in Vegas you can rent rooms and suites for a fraction of the price in other tourist markets. Why? Cause the hotels want you on property to spend money on all the other things you're itching to spend money on like food, drinks, shopping, shows and of course gaming. If you want a suite for a sweet price, check out the direct deals at the Signature at MGM (all suites) and your all-sweet suite options and discount offers at Las Vegas Suites. Sweet!

Don't Try To Get In If You're Underage
Sorry One Direction, even though you're teen-sensations, you're still not 21 yet, and Vegas is a lot harder to please with your charming words than most teenage girls are. No matter how hard you plan on partying, if you're not of age, you're banned from the casinos and clubs in Vegas, which is a good thing for those of us who are trying to ward off the sight of Justin Bieber for the next few months years. As for you, One Direction, you'll stay confined to house parties and sneaking liquor from your parents' cabinet like the rest of us had to endure. #getonourlevel

Don't Try to Party When Your Forbidden From Drinking
If the law sentences you to three years of no drinking, you should probably not try to go to parties with Drake, or maybe you should team up with Lil' Wayne for some kind of support group.  Either way, if Steve Wynn finds out about it and the party is at his hotel, you're officially off the guest list.

Don't Learn how to Play Blackjack as Well as Ben Affleck
In other words, if you know how to play blackjack as well as Ben Affleck, you probably win... and maybe a bit too much for some casinos. Earlier this year, reported that Ben was asked not to play blackjack by a particular Vegas casino (the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino") because "you are too good." Reports were the hotel was very nice to Ben and his wife and even asked them back along with some complementary niceties. So the moral is play good, bad, mediocre, great, good and bad but overall not "too good." If things start going south at the tables for gentle Ben he may want to consider changing the spelling of his last name to Aflac and do a few TV commercials with that white goose or whatever it is.

Don't Get Violent in the Club
Well, it's probably a good idea not to get violent anywhere, especially as a repeat offender who just got done with your anger management classes. Have you no shame, Chris Brown? If you're with a group of ladies and buying them drinks all night, then they pass you up for someone way more awesome, don't yell at anyone about it. Perhaps find a new group of girls to charm or take your losses like everyone else. You can pop champagne with anyone, but you can't pop anyone for not drinking your champagne. That's just rude! Haze doesn't like it when Chris Brown "gets up in anyone's face", and none of the other clubs in Vegas do, either.

Don't Bet Your Car (Especially in Your Parents' Casino)
Not even your legal guardians will want you hanging around the poker tables when you lose your Bentley in a card game like Paris Hilton did. She got banned, from her own casino. Now, most of you don't have parents who own casinos in Vegas, but maybe there is still a lesson to be learned from this. Perhaps, if you don't have the money, don't bet your car, because you'll need something to drive you home after getting kicked out, even if you don't have the money to fill up the tank.

Don't Feed the Freak'in Pigeons!
Hugh? You read it right, don't feed the pigeons in Vegas. Reports have it these "Flying Rats" destroy rooftops, plop you-know-what on people's heads (imagine getting hit square in the forehead by a fresh one after knocking down a few poppers at the pool bar) and attacking tourists. See ya pigeons... head west to L.A.

Don't Buy in Minimums You Can't Afford
Have mercy, we Cheapos know better than this already. But for those of you knew to Cheapo-status (aka, those of you who have suffered in this economy, have contributed to the unemployment rate, or have been recently cut off from your parents' trust fund *cough* Brandon Davis *cough*) you need to know that if you buy in at a $5,000 minimum, you have to pay that! Vegas is the real deal. Chips=$$$$. This is not monopoly, and just because you have a debit card or credit card doesn't mean you have an endless money flow bro! Basically, overloading your credit in a casino will inevitably get you banned.

Don't Mistake Your Drugs for Gum
Common Mistake, we know, but really, if you want to hang out in Vegas, you have to get the two figured out. Or at least not carry a bag that things can easily fall out of. That's right, you may remember the time when Paris Hilton (we're picking on her today) spilled her cocaine when she was trying to get lip balm from her purse, but when questioned, she alleged that she borrowed that bag from a friend and that she thought it was gum! Needless to say she was arrested anyways, but she was also banned from the Wynn casinos. Bummer. 

DJs: Don't Refuse to Play 'Call Me Maybe'
We need to hear this, because obviously a club is the only time we can hear the song. (It's definitely not on the radio, ever.) Calvin Harris was kicked off the deck at Tryst for refusing to play this song. The lesson here is to give the people what they want, whether it hurts your musical  genius or not. (Note: This specific rule relating to 'Call Me Maybe' should expire in about 6-8 4-6 weeks)

Don't Piss off Steve Wynn
I think it's pretty safe to say from all of this that he's a very influential part of Vegas, but he's also a very touchy guy, or something. He's kicked out Paris Hilton, Lil' Wayne and God knows who else. Yes, those people are probably a lot more misbehaved than the average Joe, but if you're reading all of this, you're probably the kind of Joe that might potentially have it in you to get on Steve Wynn's bad side.  

Basically, there are probably a million things you can do to get kicked out of the clubs, casinos, restaurants and hotel rooms in Vegas. More than you'd think actually. The 'anything goes' policy that many people associate with Vegas is a myth. There are lots of myths most people who don't frequent the city associate it with. If you think that something you're doing is illegal, immoral and completely inappropriate, there's a solid chance that it is. Let us know what you've done seen others do to get kicked out of a Vegas venue in the comments section below, on our awesome Facebook page, or by following our not-so-surprisingly hysterical Twitter. No, we are not egotistical. 


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Vegas First Timers Guide: Which Sin City myths are true - and which are FALSE

Published on Thu, Jul 9, 2015 by Cash Cooper
Vegas First Timers Guide

For those of you who have never been to Las Vegas, we acknowledge that there are a lot of myths surrounding the city, many of which remain just that - myths - until one actually visits the hallowed grounds of Sin City for the first time.

For instance, any first-timer in Las Vegas would assume, based on TV and movies, that there is never any traffic on the Strip. They might also assume (via Con Air) that said lack of traffic would allow one one to safely land an airplane on Las Vegas Boulevard.  Spoiler Alert: Neither of these are true.  With that out of the way, let's move on...

While some Las Vegas myths and stereotypes need to be experienced in person, many more do not. And as Vegas insiders, we decided to throw all you newcomers a bone when it comes to what myths are true - and which are NOT - in Las Vegas.

Without further ado, it's time to debunk some misguided, pre-conceived notions people often associate with the city before ever visiting...

1.) Everyone in Las Vegas is good looking!

This is painfully false. And did you really think that? What's the matter with you? You're shallow. Moving on.  Wait, someone once said they get better looking after a few beers...

2.) If you gamble, they give you free drinks!

This is true, though we prefer the freebies at the bar rather than waiting for a cocktail waitress. We're all about efficiency! And booze...  And tip the waitress!

3.) Las Vegas buffets are really cheap!

Las Vegas buffets are really not that cheap overall, especially on the Strip. However, the farther off Strip you go, the cheaper the food (and just about everything else) gets. Don't do a Vegas buffet without some sort of coupon or 2-for-1 deal, unless you really believe you can eat $40 worth of crab legs. It's not out of the realm of possibilities - we're just sayin'.

Also, take advantage of the food and beverage deals offered from time to time by Vegas hotels. You're gonna' eat anyways, right? Let the casino pay for it.

4.) The strip clubs give you a FREE ride to their clubs! In limos!

This is true. And awesome. Though not necessarily the limo part - it depends how many bros people you have in your party. (Not all clubs abide - check out the Sapphire and the Spearmint Rhino and call them DIRECTLY for your free ride.)

5.)  The pool parties are insane! And their topless!

Yup - insanely expensive. And crowded. Like buffets, don't hit up a Vegas pool party without a room and pool deal or some sort of comped coupon. Seriously, if you pay $40 to get into a pool party (the going rate for guys to get in at a lot of pool parties) PLUS drinks, then we're not sure you're Cheapo material ...

OH, and as for that topless part? Well, that's true at SOME - but not all - Vegas pools. Keep your top on before confirming that you're in an adult-only Vegas pool.  Guys, you are probably safe.

6.) They'll throw you out of the casino if they think you're counting cards!

That's true too, but, let's face it - that stuff's a little over our head, anyways. I mean, we were told there would be no math when we went to Vegas. Which explains how we completely lost track of our checking account.

7.) O'Shea's The Imperial Palace has the cheapest beers on the Strip!

We're not sure why you're yelling at us. But yes - now that the days of $1 beers are over at the gone-but-not-forgotten O'Shea's Casino, the cheapest beer we've found on the Strip without plugging in a $10-spot into the video poker machines is at the Imperial Palace Geisha Bar on the casino floor. You can get a size-able pitcher of Coors Light for <$10 anytime, any day of the week. 

(Calling all Veteran Cheapos: PLEASE tell us  where you've had the cheapest beer on the Strip in the comments section below. The people wanna' know.)

8.) The slots are looser Downtown!

This is true, and it's actually a fact; the Nevada Gaming Control Board actually certifies how loose slots are at each casino. Some of the loosest slots in Vegas can be found at El Cortez, the Las Vegas Club and the California - all of which are located in Downtown Las Vegas. If you're looking to hit it big on the slot machines, consider the Downtown area over the Strip.

9.) There's smoke everywhere. Seriously. Everywhere.

Well, not everywhere. A few Las Vegas hotels that don't allow smoking include the Vdara, the Trump and the Westin. Not coincidentally, these three hotels are non-gaming as well. See a correlation there?

10.) You can drink anywhere in Las Vegas!  

This isn't quite true. You can have open containers on the Strip and on Fremont Street Downtown, but, THAT'S IT. This isn't a big deal though because, seriously, if you've never been to Vegas before you're pretty likely to end up staying on one of these streets. Just remember that before you wander (or stagger?) off the Strip, beer in hand, you could be looking at a ticket. You've been warned!

There you have it, first-time Cheapos! These aren't the only myths we'll be busting this summer on Cheapo Vegas, but we thought that this was a good start if you're planning an upcoming vacation in Vegas. As for you Vegas veteranscomment below or visit us on Facebook and Twitter to drop a little knowledge on which Vegas myths are proven - and which ones need to be debunked for first-timers.


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The Halls of Fame Worth the Stomach Ache

Published on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 by Cash Cooper
Land of the Big Hotels and Big Burritos Las Vegas NV

Will all the big eaters please step forward?

We’re not talking about those of you who are never afraid to go back for thirds at the buffet, and those who love a good food challenge. Las Vegas is the land of excess, which is why it's not surprising that Sin City has some of the best food challenges around. (So hopefully all that dieting and fitness advice we gave you is helpful after you consume 5,000 calories in the first 10 minutes of any given Vegas food challenge.)

Here are some of the best Las Vegas food challenges in almost every food category Casino Boy could think of.

 First and foremost, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs at the New York New York Hotel and Casino has a qualifying round to participate in the annual July Fourth International Hot Dog Eating Contest. These qualifying rounds take place from April to June, so mark your calendars and you'll just have to make another trip to Vegas. 

However, in the qualifying rounds, all you have to do is eat as much as you can in 10 minutes. Whether you enter just for fun or your chance to go all the way, all you have to do is be 18 or older! Register at - they’re qualifying in 13 different cities if you can’t make it to the Vegas shindig.

If hot dogs aren’t your thing, or maybe a it’s the actual competition part, where a million people will be watching you gain 20lbs and possibly throw up, there are a few challenges you can do any day, at the privacy of your own table.

For some sweet redneck pride, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill in Harrah's Hotel and Casino has the 100 oz challenge which includes a 32oz burger, pound of fries and a 32oz beer. For finishing, you get a spot on the wall, a Big Dog Daddy custom t-shirt and musical appearances from country bands hand picked by Toby Keith himself! So far all we’ve got are the American classics though, so don’t think you’re confined to the foods you can get at your backyard BBQ.

Moving on down to Mexico, The “I Can’t Drive 55” Dollar Nacho Challenge at Cabo Wabo Cantina in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. You have 55 minutes to finish 8 lbs of nachos. To get it up to 8 lbs, they pretty much just throw in everything but the kitchen sink and slap on a huge “55” in sour cream to keep reminding you just how long you’re going to have before you’re allowed to go back to your room and vomit. No one has yet to finish this challenge on their own, so be the first one to get a free meal out of this joint and the first patron on the Wall of Fame, as well as the first to wear around that Cabo Wabo t-shirt collecting dust in the back! Do it for Casino Boy, if nothing else. They’re still heckling him every time he walks by for his pathetic attempt!

For a spicy hot lunch, and not the kind of with your new sugar baby, go for the Firecracker Burger at the Skybox Sports Bar & Grill. This thing is so spicy you have to sign a waiver to even start the challenge, but the 8oz burger has Bhut Jolokia chili pepper blended in, and was rated the world’s hottest pepper in ‘07. They add an extra kick of spice in here with pepper-jack cheese and salsa, but if you can finish it, you can wash the fire out of your mouth with an ice cold beer of your choice, on the house. No amount of beer will wash the fire out of your girlfriend's eyes for the night of torture she’ll be forced to endure with you though.

OK - so spicy burgers are great and all, but come on Vegas, where are all the wing challenges at?!

If you’re looking for a challenge that takes some teamwork, the Frickin’ Huge Pizza challenge at Naked City Pizza inside Moondoggies Las Vegas (on the Westside) may be just what you need. You get your choice of 4 toppings (and yes, you have to have 4) on an XL pizza. This comes out to be 10 lbs of pizza for you and one other person to devour in 30 minutes or less. If you can do it, you get 2 t-shirts, a picture on the Wall of Fame, and the pizza is free. Should you fail, you pay $37.50 for the pizza, and will pay for the rest of this restaurant's existence as a glorified patron on the Wall of Shame. Plus, you’ll just have eaten around 5 lbs of pizza for absolutely nothing.

If you're one of those people that eats for the glory, and not the satisfaction, then there are these and so many more in Las Vegas. Let us know your favorite challenge and maybe we'll meet you there next time! (At the very least, post your favorite Vegas food challenges in the comment section below ...)


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Best Las Vegas Tours

Published on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 by Cash Cooper
Las Vegas Tours

Las Vegas is so huge and a Cheapo wallet is so small, there couldn’t possibly be an affordable way to see everything. Right? Well, Casino Boy has the scoop on one of the easiest ways to see not just Las Vegas, but other destinations in Nevada as well. Turns out there is more to Vegas than loosing your shirt and getting turned down at the bars. “Best Las Vegas Tours,” (we love names that are easy to remember) is a family owned and operated business made up of a small group of international tour specialists. With cheaper rates than the competition and promotional prices, Best Las Vegas Tours is a good choice for Cheapos looking to do some serious sightseeing. Here are just a few of the things to do in Las Vegas with Best Las Vegas Tours.

Book a SIGNATURE tour that features VIP Level service to the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas of Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Travel by airplane, helicopter or SUV to score some of the most breathtaking views in the country.
  • See the Las Vegas Strip, Grand Canyon or Monument Valley like you’ve never seen them before.
  • A SIGNATURE tour eliminates all the hassles of traveling. Each of the SIGNATURE tours include different perks such as free airfare, food, deluxe accommodations, champagne, and hotel transportation.

Las Vegas first-timers and veterans alike will find the perfect option at Best Las Vegas Tours.

  • Besides the SIGNATURE tours, there are also Cheapo budget friendly options such as Air, Bus and helicopter tours.
  • The friendly tour guides know their stuff and ensure you get the most out of the experience.
  • Breathtaking views of the Hoover Dam and the South and West Rim await, don’t forget a camera.
  • Also, many of the tours include guaranteed entry to Sky Walk, which is basically a fancy platform extending over the edge of a cliff at the Grand Canyon with see through glass below your feet. If you’re a thrill seeker, Sky Walk is a must-see in Nevada.
  • If you're looking for a way to unwind after a long day of touring and exploring, check out our Party Tours Las Vegas page as well for some great cheap options! 

Adventure Tours

Most people book a tour because they want to have an unforgettable adventure. Best Las Vegas Tours hosts some of the most fun Adventure and Specialty Tours around.

  • Go whitewater Rafting in the grand canyon, raft through Colorado river, or zip line through Bootleg Canyon.
  • Check out the mysteries of Area 51 or zip through the desert on an ATV.
  • True adrenaline junkies can take part in a top rated tandem skydive with a professional instructor. Be sure to get the video so your future kids believe you when you say, "I used to be fun!"

Ultimately, Best Las Vegas Tours does all the work and you and your group can have all the fun. Ditch the booze and loose routine and book a Las Vegas vacation you'll actually remember!

Call: 866-688-BEST  or book directly through

Have you ever taken a tour in Las Vegas? Are you brave enough to jump out of a plane? Tell us about your Las Vegas vacation! You can use the comments section below, and don't forget to check for the latest promo codes and event listings.


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How to have a Vegas birthday, Cheapo style

Published on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 by Cash Cooper

Casino Boy is helping one of his BFF's celebrate their birthday today, so in between tossing back shots and dancing like their lives depended on it, he thought he'd extend some pointers to the rest of you Cheapos celebrating a birthday - or any big celebratory event - in Vegas. 

Whether you're planning your own birthday soiree or someone else's, you can have an awesome birthday in Vegas without spending your life savings on a few nights you probably won't even remember. As a Vegas birthday veteran (he's had all eight of them in Sin City), Casino Boy knows how to have fun as a Cheapo, and he doesn't mind sharing his guide to Cheap Vegas Birthday Basics 101! For starters, you'll want to ...

Put 'em up in a nice room: Yes, this might sound pricey, and for most people it is. Luckily, Casino Boy has deals with some pretty great rooms at some pretty great hotels. Lots of the hotel packages you can get will include a discounted room, plus meals at some of the restaurants in the hotel, shows, pool packages and spa deals. Some of our favorite hotels with packages and deals are:

  • Paris: For planning a special romantic birthday for your significant other, how about a birthday wedding? Eh? Ready to make that leap? No? Well, don't get too romantic on her this weekend then. If you aren't looking for a Vegas wedding, there are still plenty of other fun and romantic things to do while staying here. 
  • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino or Planet Hollywood: For young friends just trying to have fun. Definitely don't miss out on the show and pool packages on these ones. And by pool, we mean go to one of the topless pools and we'll see you there! *nudge nudge* If you're wanting to maintain that bikini-ready body you worked so hard for, check out our tips on staying fit while in Vegas. 
  • Flamingo: This one's great if the birthday girl or boy doesn't even care about staying in a hotel because you'll be out and about the whole time (i.e. it's cheap and in a great location), and you'll probably end up sleeping in someone else's room, anyways. Wishful thinking? Yes. Realistic? Not really.

Wine 'em, Dine 'em... Eh, that's all you have to do. Just don't be that friend that buys your best girlfriend dinner at the buffet downstairs and sneaks out dessert in your purse for a seemingly "special" breakfast tomorrow. Besides, the only thing girls should be stuffing in their mouths on their birthdays is cupcakes and vodka. Anything else is just not birthday material.

Maybe take them out for one nice meal at an upscale Vegas restaurant for one meal, but the rest of them don't have to be super fancy. They get one birthday meal. Come on birthday-ers, don't get greedy! For all your other cheapo meals, booze her up, take her day drinking, and feed her appetizers during happy hours - half off apps, anyone?

But, to sort out all the Vegas restaurants and find the best one, at just the right price, use this restaurant comparison chart to find one. And don't let them get away with not giving you a birthday dessert either, because most of them will!

Go Clubbing:  This is the good stuff you've been looking for, the Vegas clubs! The only clubs we like! (Other than club sandwiches. Maybe golf clubs.) Whether you're looking to celebrate a birthday at a nightclub or a strip club, we can't blame you and we don't judge. This is Vegas, so enjoy all of it's assets!

  • Nightclubs: XS Nightclub and Surrender at Encore, Tryst at the Wynn, and Moon at the Palms are probably the best nightclubs to slap on some heels/loafers/whatever and dance the night away with a bunch of sweaty strangers who might just buy you drinks if you play your cards right. Like, tell them it's your birthday. This sounds like a really good time, right? Most of the best clubs have promo deals to get you discounts, waived covers, all that jazz. Walk the casino floor of the club you have your eye out to find a promoter to get you in free or on the VIP list. That's the way to go. You can pop champagne like you won a championship game, or like it's your birthday.
  • Strip Clubs: Our favorite strip clubs in Vegas are the Sapphire and Spearmint Rhino. (Bold statement, right?) If you're celebrating your buddy's birthday, one of these spots is a definite must. Get a free ride (who doesn't want a limo ride on their birthday?) and free cover to some of these clubs using promo codes, that way everyone can get sloppy drunk! That's just what every strip club needs, a group of sloppy drunks celebrating a birthday!
  • Boring bars for those of you not trying to get buck-wild. Whatever. Okay, they aren't boring, we want you to go crazy, so we're not even going to send you to bar with no dancing, drunk messes or anyone in the house with an blood-alcohol level under .08%. Slap on some heels, take a few shots and go meet someone! Or at least do something to celebrate the fact that you can still walk. Which you can't do sitting down at a bar.

Daytime activities: Well, when you aren't sleeping off your hangovers or nursing them with more booze and soaking up the sun, you can't go wrong with days like these.

  • Golfing for the Day: Oh, what? This isn't cheap? Some of the best golf courses in Vegas offer discounted tee times if you book online. Bali Hai, Royal Links and Desert Pines are some of the best in the city, so why would you pass up the offer to getting you and your boys in, especially when it's one of your birthdays? 
  • Spa Day: She'll probably need one after you liquored her up last night! Or the tolls of getting another year older. You know. Many hotel packages, like at the Luxor and New York New York,  include spa treatments. Save on your hotel room and have a relaxing day, sure. If she doesn't want to, Casino Boy will gladly take her place. Especially if it's a group massage. Hellloooooo, ladies!

There are a million other cheap ways to spend your birthday in Vegas. Just uh... be safe and don't get anyone arrested or pregnant. Unless they deserve it. (The baby, not the arrest.. Wait, what?) Everything else is fair game, we'd say! You can also save a few bucks by checking out our list of great places to eat and maintain a $30 a day budget for food. Tell us what your favorite cheapo things to do for birthday weekends in Vegas are in the comments section below, and have a happy birthday, Cheapos!


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Jokes That Just Don't Fly in Vegas

Published on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 by Cash Cooper
Las Vegas Strip  NV

Well, we all know that Daniel Tosh has no boundaries, but when you’re in Vegas trying to have a good time, it might not be the same story.

First of all, you don’t have a whole theatre full of people who are paying to see you be offensive, so a lot of people think that’s reason enough to keep your mouth shut when you don’t have anything good to say. If you're an average Cheap0 like us, there are certain things that you just can’t get away with joking about in Las Vegas, for several reasons. (Unless of course you're The Gazillionaire.) 

There are a lot of people in Vegas that you really shouldn’t offend, so don’t bite the hand that feeds you, deals your cards, serves your drinks, lets you in the club or handles the credit card you book your room with. These are a few of the jokes that just don’t fly in Vegas, so know before you go, and way before your stupid joke draws crickets or, worse yet, cuffs..

Don’t diss the King. Elvis is The King, and we don’t take kindly to anyone who makes fun of him or anybody impersonating him. (Unless he’s Big Elvis at Harrah’s; that guy kills it. Dudes hanging out on every corner of The Strip? Not so much...)

Don’t joke about being a lot richer than you are. Seriously, stop kiddin' yourself - and your bank account - by throwing down a dime on red. The only one laughing will be Vegas... all the way to the bank, that is. Be smart and check out ways to save cash and (hopefully) not spend all your life savings in Vegas. 

Don’t go to Vegas joking about reenacting scenes from movies. The Hangover, Ocean’s Eleven, Fear and Loathing, Swingers... All of which are awesome movies that take place in Vegas, but few of which resemble what we consider reality. (Though Jon Favreau leaving voicemail after voicemail does hit pretty close to home.) Besides, if you think you’re going to end up on the roof of Caesars Palace, you’re just one more goof in Vegas, and that's no good for anyone.

Don’t wear a terrible outfit because you think it’s funny. Seriously, nobody thinks you’re funny except you and possibly the guy you came with that hasn’t taken more than two breaths between margarita gulps since he got here. He thinks everything is funny, but bouncers at the club and entertainers on the Strip have already labeled you "that guy" and probably won’t be letting you in. Leave the Hawaiian shirt at home, brah.

Don’t be a comedian on Twitter. Unless you’ve got Twitter on your phone, don’t log-in with any of the hotels in your room and expect to pay less than $14 a day. If you have to make fun of someone you see on the Strip, upload embarrassing photos of your friends or tell the world you just ran into the entire cast of Thunder From Down Under (#dreamcometrue), do it via phone or wait until you get home!

Don’t joke about having a fake ID. That will not help you get anywhere in life, ever. If you’re really 21 and up, there’s no reason to joke that you’re not. If you’re not, they’ll probably be able to tell; joke’s on you, buddy.

Don’t make fun of the Cheapos. Sorry* that we like good prices, no resort fees and all the freebies that the city has to offer. (OK, not all the freebies; you can hang on to those 1pm hypnosis show tickets. Seriously, we're good.) We call it being awesome practical, and while you’re gambling away your savings at the Bellagio because you didn’t know about all the Vegas tips that Cheapo Vegas tried to warn all you first timers about, we’re getting weird at our favorite (yes, cheapo) bars, or partying like VIPs for free and meeting ladies and having the time of our lives.

*Editor's Note: We’re not sorry

Don’t use the “What Happens in …” tagline to get away with everything. In the age of the Internet, nothing actually stays, well, here. Not to mention the ATM charges, poor buffet choices and mistake wives can be pretty haunting, too. Just take our advice and know that whatever happens here will be following you around well after you hop on a plane to bid Sin City adieu. What we're saying is, don't do anything we wouldn't do. Assuming, you know, we can think of something...

Don’t joke about your friend having drugs on him. We're not really sure why you would do this, but, it certainly will not end up fun for your friend, and you have got some bad karma coming your way if you and your “bro” end up explaining your loud mouth to the po-po.

Don’t joke about counting cards. That’s just dumb. Plus, we all know you can't count to 52.

If you really want to make jokes at other people's expense, we recommend doing what Casino Boy did and create a website dedicate to just that! Anyways, since we love hearing from other Cheapos, let us know what the worst joke in Vegas you heard was on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

(P.S. Alert to the Cheapos! We have a new feature on our blogs; listen up if you want to know how it works - or just press buttons until something happens like the rest of us do. From now on, you can find hotels near the events, places and fun cheapo things to do that you’re always reading about in our blogs. (Because you definitely read every single blog we write, right?) Granted, this feature is less relevant for this blog because you can stay anywhere in Vegas and still not really be able to say these things, but you can still use it to find a hotel for when you do want to stay in your price range and luxury level. Pick your dates, adjust the buttons and let Cheapo Vegas help you find a place to crash. Plus, you can still comment on our blog - and we highly encourage that you do so - in the comments section below!)


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Top Ten Places to Eat in Vegas for Under $10

Published on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 by Cash Cooper
Top ten cheap places to eat in Las Vegas

Imagine this scenario, which has never ever happened to Casino Boy. You’ve blown most of your money on gambling and yet you need something cheap and tasty to soak up some of the adult beverage that is still floating through your system. Luckily enough for you cheapos, this situation may have happened to a few friends of Casino Boy’s (but never him, of course), and we’ve scoured the Vegas strip and downtown Vegas for the top ten places to eat in Vegas for under $10. Being delicious is a requirement in addition to having cheap prices for making this prestigious list, so there is no need to be worried that just because the dishes served at these cheap Las Vegas restaurants are only a few dollars each they’ll leave you hungry and/or ill and unable to continue your partying reign of terror in Las Vegas.

1. Earl of Sandwich: So Casino Boy doesn’t know much about royalty being that he’s American and all, but he does know a tasty sandwich when he tries one, and those served up at the Earl of Sandwich in the Las Vegas Planet Hollywood certainly qualify as delicious. In fact, I’d say they deserve to be knighted! (Ok, I’ll stop pretending like I know how all that fancy stuff works). The Tuna Melt has to be the best thing on sliced bread, since well--ever, and the Full Montagu isn’t too shabby either, with a wicked combination of roast beef, turkey, swiss, cheddar, tomato and mustard sauce, served up warm on freshly baked bread.

Address: 3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Suite 760, Las Vegas, NV 89109  

2. Tacos El Gordo Las Vegas: For those of you who think that once you’ve had one taco, you’ve had them all, Casino Boy begs to differ. In fact, Tacos El Gordo is proof that that maxim (it’s a word folks, not just a magazine- get your minds out of the gutter!) couldn’t be further from the truth. The tacos served up here are definitely in the top three on the Vegas strip, and the best part is they cost around $2 each! Even you cheapos can fork over that kind of dough, especially when mouthwatering spicy pork tacos, carne asada and cheesy quesadillas await. One warning: if you head here late at night, you’ll be competing with the hungover crowd for a place in line. Not that describes any of you, right?

Address: 3049 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109

3. Pop Up Pizza: For grabbing a slice of pizza in downtown Las Vegas, it’s hard to imagine anything better than Pop Up Pizza. Is there a better moment in life than when you bite into a perfectly crunchy crust and the gooey goodness of the pizza oozes into your mouth? Well, some might say watching your child be born or getting married or some of that mushy stuff ranks higher, but Casino Boy wouldn’t know anything about that. For him, eating a slice of white pizza or meatball pie at this downtown Vegas is as good as it gets, and they will only set you back $3.75 a slice! Leave room for some of their amazing parmesan garlic fries; just don’t try kissing a date afterwards.
Address: 1 South Main Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101

4. KoMex Fusion Express: Casino Boy has often thought about combining his favorite types of cuisine: for example, how great would Italian with Chinese be? No takers? Casino Boy always has these ideas dismissed by his friends as drunken revelries, but the chefs at KoMex Fusion Express make these fantasies a reality by fusing Korean with Mexican food. Their fusion burrito is unbelievably good, and the fusion torta with kimchi is out of this world. These creative concoctions won’t hurt the wallet either, as most land in the $5-$7 range.

Address: 633 N Decatur Blvd Ste H Las Vegas, NV 89107

5. Viva Las Arepas: Ever tried authentic Venezuelan food? No? Well, I would say “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” but chowing down on some Venezuelan food for the first time at Viva Las Arepas isn’t likely to be something you’ll regret. Save the stupid decisions for some other aspects for your Vegas getaway; food is serious business, my friends. And the cooks at this Vegas eatery offer up some seriously excellent arepas, reina pepiada with garlic shrimp, lengua and even pork butt (cue the immature laughter) that won’t disappoint. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure what a lot of those dishes are. Casino Boy wasn’t sure before trying them either, and you can trust him when it comes to cheap Vegas eats. Speaking of cheap, most of the dishes at Viva Las Arepas are under $5 dollars, and some are even as low as $2!

Address: 1516 S Las Vegas Blvd, Ste 120, Las Vegas, NV 89104

6. Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop: Craving a delicious sandwich after a day of partying on the strip? Capriotti’s Bobbie Sandwich is the best combination of juicy turkey, cranberry, stuffing and mayo pretty much ever, aside from mom’s thanksgiving meal, of course. The Capastrami is a popular choice as well, and with ingredients like hot pastrami, swiss cheese, Russian dressing and coleslaw, it’s easy to see why. There are hoagies, hot sandwiches and more that are sure to appeal to every cheapo out there.

Address: 4983 W Flamingo Rd, Ste D, Las Vegas, NV 89103

7. Inn N Out: I know, I know. Everyone already knows about Inn N Out, but how could Casino Boy not include it? After all these years, this West Coast establishment maintains its status as as one of the most reliable cheap eats in Vegas, and it doesn’t seem like it will be dethroned as the best place to get a burger in Las Vegas anytime soon. I think someone said that ignorance is bliss or something like that, but in the case of Inn N Out’s secret menu that is definitely not the case! Be sure to order your burger double double animal style if you want the quintessential Inn N Out burger, and for you health freaks out there, you can order yours protein style wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun, which I normally would say is lame and almost sacrilegious, but since it’s Inn N Out it’s still probably pretty good.

Address: Multiple locations in Vegas

8. TJ’s Taco Bar: Looking for something with prices and flavors along the lines of Chipotle but don’t want to eat at the same place while you’re living it up in Sin City as you would at the strip mall back home? Check out TJ’s Taco Bar on the strip, and order up a Chipotle-esque burrito bowl, a tasty quesadilla and indescribably good menudo. They even have hot dogs for $1 each, which Casino Boy thought might be pretty questionable, but were surprisingly enough not only palatable, but hit the spot after he’d had his fill of Mexican food. Even the stingiest of cheapos out there cannot object to the prices of this place.

Address: 3743 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

9. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria: If your girlfriend has been dragging you around shopping at the Fashion Show Mall on the strip, Casino Boy says you deserve to stop in Grimaldi’s Pizzeria as a reward. While not quite as dirt cheap as some of the other Vegas restaurants on this list, it is still easy to walk out of this Pizzeria with a bill under $10 per person. The personal pan pizza is $9, and splitting one of the awesome white garlic pizzas will be is affordable also, as they total $16 to $18 dollars depending on the size you choose to share.

Address: 3200 Las Vegas Blvd S, Ste 1540, Las Vegas, NV 89109

10. Mr. Mama’s: There are some times when nothing will suffice like a heaping helping of classic American breakfast food. For Casino Boy, many of those times occur when he is wandering the Vegas strip in a drunken haze, and thankfully Mr. Mama’s is nearby to satisfy those cravings. Cheapos won’t have to break the bank to order up some scrumptious cinnamon french toast, which along with 3 eggs and a choice of meat will only cost $7.50. For those looking for something extra hearty (and likely to cause a blocked artery- but it’s Vegas, so it doesn’t count, right?) can’t go wrong with a chicken fried steak.

Address: 5580 S Decatur Blvd, Ste 112, Las Vegas, NV 89118

Be sure to try some of these tasty Cheap Las Vegas restaurants, and let us know what you think! Or make some suggestions to your fellow cheapos on your favorite cheap eats in Vegas by following the Casino Boy twitter, Cheapo Vegas facebook page and Casino Boy google plus for all the dirt on the best bargains in Vegas.


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“Best-of” Mandalay Bay: An All-Inclusive Las Vegas Experience

Published on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 by Cash Cooper
Mandalay Bay: An All-Inclusive Las Vegas Experience

Who needs a “Best-of” list, when one place has it all? Casino Boy loves a well rounded Las Vegas experience, but he hates the hassle of running all over the Strip. What’s a Cheapo to do? Book at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, that’s what.


Okay, we get it. You really like those “Best-of” lists. So you can have on anyway. Here’s our “Best-of Mandalay Bay” list, so you can book your Las Vegas getaway without the fuss of, you know, planning and stuff.


1) First and foremost, The Rooms: Mandalay Bay’s “Standard” rooms are larger than average, weighing in at 550 square feet or more. That’s almost double the size of an upscale apartment in New York City, helloooo! Guests will also enjoy fancy bathrooms with large tubs to soak in at the end of the day, and a separate shower for when you’re done stewing in your own juices (not judging - we get it, it feels nice. Maybe try the spa while you’re at it.). Not big enough? Upgrade to a stay in Mandalay Bay Las Vegas’ THEHotel for a whopping 725 square foot room, and vacation like the king that you are. Remember that kings don’t need to steal the extra fancy shampoo and conditioner bottles from their hotel rooms, you Cheapo.


2) Not sold yet? Don’t worry, we’ve got a ways to go. The Casino: Allow me to take a moment and say...Duh. It’s not a Vegas vacation if you don’t hit up the slots, and thankfully the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino has plenty. No, seriously. Mandalay has over 2,000 machines, from mere pennies to $100 per spin. Ante-up and spend the big bucks, c’mon. Better yet: While the focus at Mandalay is on slots (meaning you’re not going to find as many video poker games), they have a huge variety including machines based on popular TV shows. So go find your favorite, and we won’t tell your friends you hit up the Toddlers in Tiaras machine (.....Ugh, we really hope that’s not a real machine).


3)  The Shows: “Yeah, yeah, yeah,” you’re telling yourself, “Vegas shows are a dime a dozen on the Strip, there’s no way Mandalay has the one I want to see.” Well, you’re probably wrong. And if you’re not, consider revising your taste in entertainment. Mandalay Bay is home to House of Blues, one of the most famous music venues in the world, so odds are you’ll catch a show you like. Mandalay Bay Entertainment also hosts Las Vegas’ production of Disney’s The Lion King, one of the most popular musical theater productions of all time. And it’s family-friendly to boot!


4) Better than Card Sharks, The Shark Reef Aquarium: A permanent exhibit at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, this aquarium holds about 1.6 million gallons of water which is home to over 2,000 animals. Yowza. These include sawfish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, jellyfish, piranha, over 30 kinds of sharks and the rare golden crocodile. Feeling brave? If you’re dive certified, you can make a reservation to dive in the tank and swim with the sharks. Or make like Casino Boy and just watch the poor fools who try from the outside of the tank. Okay, that was pretty mean, but you can feel better knowing this: Mandalay’s Shark Reef is dedicated to conservation and preservation, and offers a comprehensive educational program.

5) Don’t Forget The Food: Casino Boy is a growing young man (ha!) which means he needs to eat well. Good thing Mandalay Bay has a number of in-house restaurants. Scope out the eats at at the upscale Mix, or drag the family along to the Border Grill. Wherever you end up, remember that you’ve got tons of options with a variety of atmospheres and cuisines. Border Grill has a Mexican flair while Rick Moonen’s focuses on steak & seafood. Lupo’s on the other hand serves up some mean Italian dishes. Whatever you’re craving, it’s on the menu.


6) Cap Off the Night at one of Mandalay’s Clubs: Five seemed like a good, solid number to end at but we just couldn’t leave out the clubs at Mandalay Bay Resort. Forgot to book tickets to see a show? Catch some a performerance at the LIGHT Nightclub, just keep in mind the cover charge ($40-50 for men, $20 for the ladies) is a more expensive. Skip the cover altogether at Eyecandy Lounge, or have a less expensive and more laid back time at the Mix Lounge.


If you plan your Las Vegas vacation at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino there’s really no reason to even leave your hotel. But of course, if you have to, at least Mandalay Bay is centrally located on the Las Vegas Strip. Go ahead, book with Mandalay. You’ll thank us later.


This blog was written by Cash Cooper , an editor at authority on all things Las Vegas including hotels, casinos, promos and more.



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