Reason I like Bovada #3:

One-stop shopping

Let me share my experience at another online casino whose name I won't mention:  I wanted to try out their free-play games, and they made me sign up for an account.  That was annoying, just for free-play, but actually most casinos make you register, so they can annoy you by email to pressure you into depositing real money.

I didn't get to choose my own username, they assigned one, and it was long! An astounding twelve digits of mixed numbers and letters.  There was no way I'd be able to memorize it, I'd have to write it down.

After trying out the free-play games I decided to deposit money and play for real.  And guess what? I had to register a separate account to play for real.  They assigned me a brand-new twelve-digit username.  Great.

Shortly thereafter they started offering play-in-browser games.  That's convenient, so I wanted to get in on that.  Guess what?  Yet another username.

And guess how they handle they money they give you as a matching bonus on your deposit?  You guessed it, another account.

Okay, now let's fast-forward to Bovada: One account gets you everything.  And I mean everything.  Real money, fake money, bonuses, you name it.  I didn't get to choose my account name, but at least it's easy to remember.

And if you want to play for free with fake money, you don't even need an account at all.  For example:

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One click and you're in.

All in all, I think Bovada is the best bet for U.S. players.

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Las Vegas Shows, and where to get discount tickets

Last update: August 2015



You might be able to get free tickets from the casino.  If you're gambling, the casino will rebate some of your losses in the form of room discounts, meals, or show tickets.  You should never gamble just to get comps (that's like spending a dollar to save a quarter), but if you're gambling anyway, then be sure to ask for your goodies.  Once the Wizard of Odds treated me to the Van Halen show at Mandalay Bay where a casino host comped him free third row tickets.  Of course, your level of gambling likely wouldn't earn that kind of reward, but do be sure to try to claim what's coming to you.  See more on my page All About Comps.


This shop sells tickets for up to half off, and is generally an awesome deal, but there are some catches:

  1. Tickets are good for that night's show only.
  2. You have to buy in-person, and the line is often 15+ minutes long.
  3. You can't see the prices until you go to the booth.  They're not on a website, and you can't call to check.
  4. Sometimes they sell only the pricier seats, and a discounted version of a pricier seat is often more than a cheap seat directly from the box office.  This is especially true of Cirque du Soleil shows.

They have locations all over the place:

  1. Showcase Mall (giant Coke bottle), across from NY NY.  There's one booth inside (where it's air-conditioned) and one outside, in the blistering heat.  Now that you read this tip, you know which one to wait at!
  2. Planet Hollywood, right outside.
  3. Casino Royale, right outside.
  4. Fashion Show Mall
  5. Slots A Fun
  6. Circus Circus
  7. Bally's
  8. Four Queens (downtown)

Their website has the list of shows, but not the prices.

Tip: Keep your Tix4Tonite receipt, then go back the next day and you can skip to the front of the line.

At your hotel

Most hotels offer discounted tickets for the shows playing there, to guests staying at the hotel.  So, if you're not particular which hotel you stay at, stay at one that has a show you want to see.

Timeshare presentations

Timeshare companies all over Vegas will offer you free or deeply discounted show tickets if you go to a 3-hour presentation where they try to sell you a timeshare.  (They say it's only 90 minutes, but they lie; I've done it many times, it's always closer to 3 hours.)  If you just walk around the strip you'll likely be accosted by reps trying to get you to sign up, with their telltale mating call, "How long are you guys in town?"  They want to make sure you're not leaving the next day, because if so then you won't be able to do the presentation the next morning.  If you're not getting accosted, then head to the Showcase Mall (next to the giant Coke bottle, across from NY NY) and go to the desk in the middle and say, "Yeah, how do I get those free show tickets?"

In the presentation, be polite, but don't buy the timeshare no matter how good they make it sound.  Timeshares aren't a bad concept, but they are horribly, horribly overpriced.  A timeshare purchased from the developer is always a terrible deal.  If you really have your heart set on a timeshare, buy one at pennies on the dollar from someone trying to get rid of theirs, like on eBay or the timeshare resale sites.  Tip for ending your presentation early: When they ask how much you spend on lodging for your Vegas trips, tell them that you got the $39 special at the Stratosphere.  Once when I answered that (honestly), the salesman said, "Let me just get you your tickets.  No one who spends $39/night has ever bought a timeshare from us."


Sometimes people can't make it to a show and they sell their tix online, with the most popular website for that being StubHub (which is way safer than craigslist).  Of course, scalpers sell on StubHub too, but scalping is far less common on nightly Vegas shows than it is for touring shows.  Anyway, before heading to StubHub, check with the box office first to make sure that you couldn't get a cheaper price than what they're going for online.

Locals discounts

If you live in Vegas, all kinds of discounts are available to you, and your state-issued ID is your golden passport.  Start your adventure at Vegas4Locals.

Lists of shows

Current shows. Destination 360.
Comedy clubs: Las Vegas Online and
Lounge Acts: and Review-Journal.
Here's my my review of Ka.

Some Las Vegas Shows
Show Type Where Yelp stars My comments
Cirque du Soleil MGM Grand Incredible dancing / martial arts combo, in a wordless fantasy.
Le Reve Cirque-style
Wynn The production values of a Cirque show, without actually being a Cirque show.  Makes use of a stunning water-laden stage.
Love Cirque du Soleil
Beatles+Cirque, though it seemed to be the worst of both worlds, not the best.  But most everyone else Loves it, so you probably will, too.
Mystère Cirque du Soleil
Treasure Island
A Cirque du Soleil variety show.  Very entertaining.
Nathan Burton Magic/Comedy
Planet Hollywood
Surprised the reviews are so good, since he did the same trick over and over and over again.  It was an amazing trick, but still.  Opening comedy was great.
V - Variety Show Variety
Planet Hollywood
Features a rotating cast of entertainers, so you never know what you're gonna get, except that it'll be top-notch.
Zumanity Cirque du Soleil
New York, New York
An adult (read: naughty) version of a Cirque du Soleil show. I didn't feel it was nearly as good as other Cirque shows, but the reviews suggest otherwise.

Show locations last checked: August 2015

Yelp reviews last checked: August 2015

Practice gambling with play money

Before you throw down your hard-earned cash in a casino, PRACTICE FIRST!  Learn the games with play money where it doesn't cost you anything if you lose.  Seriously.





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