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    Question First Affiliate Summit and First Time in Vegas
    Sooo....is there time to experience "Vegas" while at Affiliate Summit? And, stupid question, but what are the "things" I should do to "experience" it? Not getting married to anyone.....We are staying at the RIO, so is that experience enough?

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    Go to a few shows, visit and tour some of the hotels like ceasers forums, the ventian, etc... take a helicopter tour or go sky diving...there are tons of things there....also just outside is the hoover dam.
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    Even though I have been doing this affiliate "stuff" since 1999, my first Affiliate Summit was last July in Miami. We arrived Saturday at noon and stayed until Wednesday morning - and did get to see some of Miami. (We weren't really all that impressed with Miami - drove to Key West directly form the Summit and fell in love with that place.)

    We will be arriving at the Rio on Friday so will have an extra day - 'cause we've never been to Vegas.

    Since this is your first Summit all I can say is, "Be prepared to be amazed." It is that good and that worthwhile.
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    I used to live in Orlando... went to Miami once, and I'll never go back. I was quite unimpressed. It was just a few hours from where I lived, but I couldn't be bothered to go back.

    Never been to Vegas before... I have a feeling I'll just be following the crowd

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    There's something in Vegas for everyone. For me, the food (Paris Breakfast Buffet and N9NE Steakhouse are two of my favorites) and over the top hotel architecture/themes (Paris, Ceaser's Palace, Belagio Fountains, etc.) are incredible. I've been about half a dozen times and the awe still hasn't worn off.

    You won't have much time to do anything during the Summit (if you're taking advantage of all of the networking available). Your best bet is to go 2-3 days early. (After isn't as good, as you'll be exhausted.)

    Hoover Dam is neat to see, and is less than an hour away. It's definitely not an all-day thing, though.

    The Grand Canyon is supposed to be a nice day-trip or helicopter/plan tour. I haven't done that myself.

    I still haven't done any shows, but I probably will this time. My wife and I are planning on coming without the kids. The whole family came last time, and the kids really enjoyed seeing everything, but we had to work around naps and couldn't do many of the things we wanted.
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    We are coming out Saturday and leaving Wednesday - so we really don't have much "spare" time, but I am a night owl....you know affiliate hours.....so I was thinking at night I might get to see some of the Vegas thing, I may just follow what everyone else is doing....I like the Hoover Damn thing, and I understand Pen and Teller are housed in the RIO, maybe we will catch the Tuesday 9pm show.....so here is a daring question - I enjoy roulette and craps, where do you all recommend I go to blow $100?????? That is my gambling budget, and I am sticking to it.....

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    Here's a list of some GREAT things to do while in Vegas their free and family and entertainment oriented.

    Mandalay bay - shark exhibit & wave pool
    Luxor - Egyptian Themed
    MGM - Free Lion Exhibit
    New York New York - Really cool a lot to do
    M&M store next to MGM
    Alladins - Desert Passage Malls (Great Sideshow acts throughout the day)
    Flamingo - best normal buffet and exotic bird sanctuary
    Ceasars - Forum Shops (Free show in front of cheesecak factory)
    Bellagio - Botanical Gardens & Water show out front
    Mirage - Free Volcano out front/Tigers and dolphin exhibits inside
    Treasure Island - Free Pirate show out front
    Venetian - Speaks for itself AMAZING
    Stratoshpere - Cool rides on the top and pretty good mall
    Sahara - off road track & make sure to see the schintas
    Freemont Street
    Rio - Great Seafood
    Palms - Celebrity hangout
    Hilton - Star trek themed
    Hard Rock - Great Pool

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    Since moving here I've been looking for out of the way sorts of places that aren't on many of the hot lists. Here are my favorite things to do when I have friends in town. I'm sure you've heard of many of them.

    Favorite Show: Penn and Teller, which happens to be right there at the Rio. A bit edgy and hilarious. I've been 5 times and have loved it every time.

    Favorite place to learn stuff: Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. Amazing.

    Favorite casinos for gambling: Hard Rock. Great comps. Also any "Station" property, also for the comps (Palace Station is convenient from the strip).

    Favorite steak - Hugo's Cellar at Four Queens. This little gem is in an older downtown casino, but features amazing food and unbelievable service with reasonable prices. (Michael if you've not been you really should. n9ne is great but when I was there it was a bit loud with the rock music and whatnot.)

    Favorite other restaurants: R Bar (Mandalay Bay, seafood), Nobu (Hard Rock, sushi), The Fish House (MGM Grand, more seafood, owned by Emeril), Red Square (Mandalay Bay, Russian), RumJungle (Mandalay Bay, Brazilian steakhouse).

    Favorite off strip casino: Green Valley Ranch. Great food (Hank's), great gaming and a beautiful property in general.

    Favorite poker rooms: Mirage (cash games). Lots of easy money there. Venetian for sit and gos.

    Favorite place to shop: Caesar's. (That one is a no-brainer.)

    Favorite non-gaming things to do: Hoover Dam tour (it still impresses me) or Lake Mead dinner cruise out of Hemenway Harbor. (The Lake Mead rock formations are breathtaking, and nothing beats a sunset on the lake.) Go see the burros at Red Rock State Park.

    Best piece of advice I've ever been given about Vegas: Tip FIRST, not last. This is a service-based town and tippers are rewarded! Get $5 chips at your hotel/casino, and hand them out when someone has done a good job or when you want to make an impression!
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    Ohh ya I think the Bette Midler show opens in feb....I would love to go get a ticket if anyone else is game and they are available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Lilly
    Favorite steak - Hugo's Cellar at Four Queens. This little gem is in an older downtown casino, but features amazing food and unbelievable service with reasonable prices. (Michael if you've not been you really should. n9ne is great but when I was there it was a bit loud with the rock music and whatnot.)
    I'll definitely check that out. I'm always on the prowl for a great steak.
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    Great list Joe, thanks for sharing.

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    OK so apparently I will NOT have near enough time in Vegas to experience everything on that list!!!!! WOW!!!! I am thinking the Bette Middler show sounds AWESOME!!!! and the Shark Reef is an absolute must see.....

    Thank you for such great info!!!!!!!

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    If you only have limited time... yes you can run from casino to casino just to say you saw it... but it's well worth making the time

    Just the Bellagio for example. Yes, you can watch the fountain show once. But what if it was Pavoratti music for that show and you're a Sinatra Fan. You would have missed "The Lady is a Tramp". And if you just saw the show standing in front, you missed it from the top of the eifel tower across the street, which is also worth doing.

    Or you zip into the conservatory to see the flower display. If you just say "Wow", take a pic, and leave, you missed it. My guess is it will be the Chinese New Year display when Summit is here. Each display costs millions of dollars. You really need to spend an hour just to marvel at what went into it.

    When you walk into the Bellagio you immediately say "This place has class". Look around - at the detalils - that make it so. Hec, the waiting area for valet prking probably costs more then a house!!

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    There's never enough time to enjoy Vegas ... I arrive a day or 2 early and leave a day or 2 later and still wish I was staying longer.

    Tip: bring more than $100.00 for gambling. heh heh heh
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    Summit will be at The Rio...

    Joe aleady mentioned Penn & Teller, but they also have a free show called Show in the Sky. It's like the Disney Christmas parade floats, except

    1. It has sexy girls

    2. The floats are on tracks in the cieling

    For about $20, you can ride the floats and be part of the show. If you do this, pick a later show. Part of the show is they throw beads (ala new orleans) down to the crowds below. By the later shows, the women are drunk... and it's amazing what they'll do to get your attention to have you throw them some cheap beads

    Also, the top of the Rio is a club - it's outside on the roof. Excellent view of Vegas. But they DO have a dress code... so pack something "clubby" if you want to get in.

    If you're staying at the Rio... each room is actually a suite (not a normal room). The shower/bath has a window that looks out into the bedroom. Not sure of it's purpose - is the person in the bed supposed to watch you shower? Are you supposed to watch TV from the shower? Have never figured out it's purpose.

    Bevertainers: For as long as I've lived here, our local paper had the yearly "Best of" edition... and the Rio's Cocktail waitresses always won "Sexiest cocktail Waitresses" category. They only hired goddesses, and made them wear... well, use your imagination. Now they hired girls with "talent". They serve your drinks, and every so often get on stage and sing, or dance, or juggle.

    Gamblers: I don't reccomend gambling at The Rio - you have the same odds as the casinos on the strip. But right across the street is the Gold Coast (where locals play/better odds) and The Palms. If you walk in the main entrance by valet... the machines to the left (near the clubs and Playboy tower) are for tourists - avoid them. All the machines to the right (by the movie theater and food court) are for us locals - they actually pay out money

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    Don't forget about the shopping! The Forum Shops at Caesars are amazing! I also heard the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian are suppose to be pretty nice.

    If you rent a car, Lake Mead and Red Rock Canyon are must-see sites.

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    Rolet, just follow Billy Kay around. LOL! You'll have a guaranteed good time!

    I wish I could go to Aff Summit this time, but it looks like it's not going to happen. If I do go, it'll be a last minute thing. If I don't go, I will sooooooooo miss it. I love Vegas. I loved the affiliate sessions last year, the exhibit hall, meeting ABWers. Next time I go, however, I think I'll have a few friends in tow who are really getting into affiliate marketing.

    Rolet, you'll love it!

    The MGM lion exhibit is great. The Shark Exhibit at the Mandalay Bay is great. I have done a great deal of what's already been posted here in the years I've been going to Vegas. There's no lack of stuff to do there! Plenty of it is even free. Too bad hubby didn't get to see the cocktail waitresses at the Rio. He was very disappointed in the Flamingo cocktail waitresses (where we stayed last time). LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by meadowmufn
    Rolet, just follow Billy Kay around. LOL! You'll have a guaranteed good time!
    LOL, that's exactly what I was thinking... don't think I've got the cash to roll with BK, but at least I'm in the area of a good time.

    Great list everyone... it's been 15 years since I've been to Vegas so I know everything is bigger and better.

    Would it be a mistake not to stay at the Rio, in that you'd not be at the heart of the Summit? (missed networking opportunities) Or does everyone just scatter after the day's conferences and where you end up for sleep isn't important?
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    Quote Originally Posted by knight01
    Would it be a mistake not to stay at the Rio, in that you'd not be at the heart of the Summit? (missed networking opportunities) Or does everyone just scatter after the day's conferences and where you end up for sleep isn't important?
    Scatter? lol. Networking is the name of the game and most people hang together. Staying at the Rio is pretty key for getting the most out of networking, but there will be people scattered around, depending on where their comps are and where they are comfortable
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    Best advice I can offer is to come early. Friday is ideal, but Saturday at the latest. What I love the most about Vegas is the affiliate events every evening. You get unlimited free goodies, great service and the unique opportunity to experience the more exclusive aspects of Vegas. I generally don't do much of the touristy things during the summit because I don't want to waste a minute of my networking opportunities. If you want to do something on your own wait until Wednesday when everybody's gone home. In which case the Hoover Dam is quite good.

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    It was mentioned, but the lion exhibit at the MGM was pretty amazing AND FREE. Also, Alladin is now Planet Hollywood, but the Desert Passage shops are still there. If you want to make that $100 last, I reccomend a super-hole-in-the-wall Casino called Casino Royale. It's next to Harrahs. You'll find $2 Roulette and waitresses that are thrilled with $1 tip/drink.

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    Something really neat my hubby and I found last year was at the Golden Nugget downtown. They updated their pool and they now have a shark tank in the middle of it with a slide that goes thru it! It's one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Dont think I would have the nerve to do that slide even if there is glass between me and the sharks. We weren't staying at the hotel but they let us walk around and go into the pool area to check it out. Anyway it's worth the bus ride into downtown and the fremont street light show is kind of cool too and free.
    One other suggestion, we booked too late last year to get a room at the conference hotel. At first it was no big deal to take a hotel van to the strip from The orleans and walk over to Ballys but after a day of being on your feet the walk and time it takes gets more exhausting and there was a couple nights when we were all having a fun time at the bar after the conference and it would of been so nice to be able to just go up to my room and change and meet everyone back at the bar instead of having to go to the other side of the strip. So if you are debating choosing another hotel that might be less expensive in the long run it might not be because you will end up calling a taxi instead of walking or waiting for a van.
    Oh and a big big suggestion-request a room not too far from the elevator!! I swear I had to walk a mile from the elevator to my room and after a long day thats a killer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piemomma
    Something really neat my hubby and I found last year was at the Golden Nugget downtown. They updated their pool and they now have a shark tank in the middle of it with a slide that goes thru it! It's one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Dont think I would have the nerve to do that slide even if there is glass between me and the sharks.
    Been there done that, Billy and Jesse made me! It was a riot. I only did it once though Swimming up to the shark tank is fun too
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    They sell battery operated shark fins at the gift shop. Scares the crup out of unsuspecting swimmers!

    Piemomma, you sound like the perfect target

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