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"When a man can come to Las Vegas with a few extra bucks in his pocket...throw a ten-spot down on a an extra dollar for a steak with his eggs...that's a happy day for that man." Vegas is freedom for me. It's the annual escape from everyday life and it never disappoints.

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Location: Bellmore, New York, US
Casino Game: Three Card Poker

Vegas Fave 10 (The Hard Way)

1: Downtown
2: Bootlegger Bistro
3: The Golden Nugget
4: Caesars
5: Three Card Poker
6: Blackjack
7: Zeus II Slots
8: The Boneyard
9: Buffet Omelets
10: Elvis Impersonators


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Golden Nugget

The Nugget is my favorite place in Vegas. All of the comfort and ammenities of the strip but with downtown's much more relaxed vibe/better odds. We recently splurged and stayed in the Spa Tower Suites at GN. These 2 level suites are an amazing deal for what they cost and everybody should give them a try at least once. They are decorated tastefully in red/brown/golds similar to the newer Rush Tower. The lower level has a huge living room, half bath and bar while the upstairs is the master bedroom and completely insane master bath. The living room had a big flatscreen on the wall as well as a DVD player and full stereo system with surprising large speakers. You could really bug the neighbors with this setup if you were so inclined. The bar had a nice mini-fridge, a small sink, lots of glasses and a Keurig coffee maker. We have a Keurig at home so we just brought some of our own K-cups instead of paying the GN $12 for 4. Everything worked well, the TV even got some real HD channels. The spiral staircase to the bedroom looks great and underneath it is a small dining table/work area. There are also giant 2 level windows overlooking the pool area in the living room providing so-so views of the city. The master bath shower is enormous and could easily hold 4-6 people if you're lucky enough to have parties like that. It also doubles as a steam room with a Steamist timer on the wall. That steam was great to relax in before going to sleep. Down the hall from that is a makeup table, closet and then the water closet which featured a whisper flush low rider and a bidet for those of you who enjoy a nice spritz on your nether regions. The 2nd half of the master bath had a dual sink setup with a TV in the middle. It also had a large(big enough for 2) Jacuzzi tub. The TV was perfectly situated for relaxing in the tub and watching "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" which always seemed to be on when I was in there. The GN provided lots of good quality towels, decent shampoos, conditioners, soaps, shower caps and cool dental kits as well. We brought toothbrushes but took the kits for our next stay. The bedroom has another big TV on the wall, a dresser and a daybed/lounge thing that was really comfortable. The bed is a king and was very comfortable but like every hotel the pillows are mushy pieces of crap. There was plenty of room to set up the luggage stand fromt he closet in the bedroom to make packing/unpacking easier. Miscellanious cool stuff about these rooms: 1. You can enter from the living room or go up a floor in the elevator and enter the bedroom. This is much more convenient than it sounds. If you stay there, you'll see. 2. There are buttons by the bed for controlling the lights and the giant window drapes as well as the Do Not Disturb light. 3. The turn down service leaves tasty little chocolates and complimentary bottles of water. 4. The pens all over the room are good quality. My wife is a free pen fiend so she got like 6 of them from the room :) 5. Good size safe, slippers, robes and a real size hair dryer in the closet. 6. Besides the shampoos and usual stuff the GN provided a shower cleaning poof and Q-tips The Spa Tower Suite was a great deal for the money. We paid about $350 a night and it's definitely an experience many Vegas vistors will never have. While I'm sure the offerings at Encore or Aria for something similar in size are nicer, I bet they cost 5 times as much per night too. The fact is we've stayed in the basic rooms in the Nugget and been very happy, it's just a great hotel and a great Vegas experience.

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