Planning First Vegas Trip in 15 Years. Tips from Vegas Vets? Couple Quick Questions

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I'm planning a trip to LV for the WSOP during the first week of June for business and pleasure. I'll be there through June 7. If you're going to be out there during that time and care to meet up, send me a PM.

Couple quick questions:

Has anyone ever stayed at a condo or an airbnb as opposed to a hotel on the strip? The cost is roughly the same... specifically I'm looking at this one: https://www.vrbo.com/7059110ha?adultsCount=1&arrival=2019-05-31&departure=2019-06-07&petIncluded=false

What are the pros and cons to this approach?

Do any of you have a Founder's Card? From the looks of things, the Caesars Diamond Rewards status (eliminates resorts fees at Caesars properties, among other perks) is worth the $400 price tag in and of itself. I haven't seen any negative reviews.... is there any reason not go this route?

I'm not going to rent a car - I'll just take Ubers to get anywhere out of walking distance.

Other than that, are there any other tricks to save a few bucks here and there? Any advice you can dispense would be appreciated.

MJ
 

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I have received a lot of kudos on my trip reports.
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Yes, it's a lot of reading, but there is a lot to do in Vegas. I try my best to make them as informative as possible, so you won't get many strategy discussions or tales of bad-beat woes. Obviously, things rapidly change in Vegas, so take note of the year each report was written and that times do change (and rarely for the better).
 

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The perk of staying at a condo is having a full kitchen available to you so you can cook your own meals which will obviously save you a lot of money. I’ve had friends that go out for the WSOP do it and said it was the best way to go.
 

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The perk of staying at a condo is having a full kitchen available to you so you can cook your own meals which will obviously save you a lot of money. I’ve had friends that go out for the WSOP do it and said it was the best way to go.
I thought about that... do your friends really retreat back to the condo in the middle of the afternoon for lunch and dinner to cook though? Is there a grocery store within a reasonable distance?

I like the idea and all... but I don't think I'd actually cook very much. Maybe breakfast but that's about it.
 

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I thought about that... do your friends really retreat back to the condo in the middle of the afternoon for lunch and dinner to cook though? Is there a grocery store within a reasonable distance?

I like the idea and all... but I don't think I'd actually cook very much. Maybe breakfast but that's about it.
It was 4 friends sharing the cost for a month long trip. They were trying to keep cost as low as possible. I know they had a car too so that would help with buying groceries.

When I do Vegas I don’t want to have to worry about cleaning up the place when I’m done. I want to crawl out of there with my head thumping in a semi-conscious state, leave a few dollars on the night stand for the cleaning staff and be done with the place.
 

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It kind of depends on several factors. If you want to be on the strip every night then staying in a condo might be annoying. I think the condo VRBO idea is awesome as being there long term you probably really would only hit the strip a few times a week. Having a place which is peaceful and smoke free will make your Vegas stay much more sane. I get a little stir crazy after living in a casino for 3-4 days.

In terms of doing it cost effectively the main thing is probably food. Shake Shack in NYNY is pretty good and affordable. Of course In N Out is also tasty and priced okay.

Earl of Sandwich inside Planet Hollywood is also a great deal for tasty sandwiches and beer.

There are many other awesome places to eat but are not necessarily cost effective :)
 

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Thanks to everyone who chimed in with advice. I just booked a flight for May 29th. If anyone wants to see if I am indeed as my profile picture would suggest, I'd love to meetup with a few fellow chippers if you're going to be out there for the first week of the series. Send me a PM to coordinate.

I didn't book a return flight - but I'll probably be out there at least a week. I also haven't booked a room yet but a Caesars property such as the Flamingo seems most likely.

I asked this before but no one responded... has anyone ever purchased a Founder's Card? It kind of seems like a no-brainer given the benefits but I'm leery that it might be one of those too-good-to-be-true types of things.
 

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Check out Jockey Club of Las Vegas for a room, it's a hotel tucked into the Cosmopolitan (has a elevator directly into the Cosmo). You'll have a 50/50 chance of getting a room with a view of the Bellagio fountains (a $20 to the front desk and I bet those odds go to 90%). Free parking in the Cosmo parking garage, and access to the Cosmo's Chelsea Pool. Rooms are massive (relative to anything else on the strip) and kitchens.
 

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Check out Jockey Club of Las Vegas for a room, it's a hotel tucked into the Cosmopolitan (has a elevator directly into the Cosmo). You'll have a 50/50 chance of getting a room with a view of the Bellagio fountains (a $20 to the front desk and I bet those odds go to 90%). Free parking in the Cosmo parking garage, and access to the Cosmo's Chelsea Pool. Rooms are massive (relative to anything else on the strip) and kitchens.
Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, I checked and the hotel is sold out the week I am in LV.

I bought a founder's card - which includes some perks for Caesars properties - so chances are I'll wind up booking at the Flamingo or something like that.
 

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Are you a Caesars Total Rewards member? This is what the rate calendar is showing with promo SEMI19. I'm base level (gold) so I assume you would see the same or better. For some reason, it's not showing me a Friday May 31 rate???

I've stayed at the Flamingo and Linq and really liked them both. Great location right next to each other. Flamingo has a much nicer pool though.

I've also stayed at the Tuscany (not a Caesars property) which is a 5-10 minute walk behind Ballys, but is a really nice place to stay for the buck normally.

I hope you have a safe, enjoyable and profitable trip!

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Are you a Caesars Total Rewards member? This is what the rate calendar is showing with promo SEMI19. I'm base level (gold) so I assume you would see the same or better. For some reason, it's not showing me a Friday May 31 rate???
The Founder's Card comes with an upgrade to Caesars Diamond Status, which includes a discount and waives resort fees among other things. The upgrade takes a couple weeks to happen once you activate it, so I won't be able to book until early May.
 
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