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GOT 9 minutes? - A chat about casinos, luxury travel, Las Vegas, and gambling with a focus on experiences. #PaxEx (Passenger Experience) and #CasinoEx (Casino Experience) are major areas of conversation and exploration. Get your daily dose.
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Few properties are as iconic or storied as Caesars Palace Las Vegas. Today we spend nine minutes reviewing the property. While we share the most important points about Caesars, don’t be surprised that we don’t cover everything. The property is massive. After touching on Caesars illustrious history, host @LasVegasUK expresses his appreciation for Caesars and how it serves as an ideal entry point into the world of Vegas. From their classic restaurant staples, such as the Old Homestead Steakhouse, to its pampering spa, we highlight what we love most about Caesars. Steve contrasts the Caesars experience of luxury with other properties before exploring more of its stand-out features. Near the end of the episode, we reflect on moments from the rich history of Caesars Palace. But Vegas is blessed with many glamorous institutions. Tune in to hear if you should choose Caesars for your next Vegas trip.Support the show! VISIT ZorkOfferwww.zorkoffer.comCaesars Palace Las Vegas Caesars, NOT Caesar’s Palace | Las VegasTZ Article: ‘Finding A Classic: Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace’  TZ Article: Hotel Review | The Octavius Tower at Caesars PalaceQua Baths And Spa Old Homestead Steakhouse Las Vegas Nobu Restaurant Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Caesars Bacchanal Buffet The Colosseum (LAS VEGAS' ICONIC THEATRE) Cleopatra’s Barge Jay SarnoEvel Knievel ZorkCast co-host Steve - LasVegasUKFollow him on Twitter @LasVegasUKZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation)TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on InstagramSupport the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
A lot has changed since we were last in Las Vegas in June earlier this year. Today we chat about host Michael Mason Trager’s triumphant return to the City of Lights and how the city is handling the pandemic. While we previously criticized the experience of staying at Caesars in June, Michael starts our conversation by complementing his recent stay at the Caesars Property Paris Las Vegas. We then discuss what it was like staying there and encountering small inconsistencies with their COVID rules. After comparing the Wynn Tower Suites with Paris Las Vegas, we discuss what Caesars offers Diamond Plus players now that the Laurel Lounge (previously known as the Diamond Lounge) is closed. Michael shares some insights on the best places to spend your drinks vouchers, along with the perks of being a Caesars Rewards Seven Stars member (technically a Seven Stars Companion and Diamond Plus earned). We also touch on the mask and social distancing policies adopted by restaurants and gaming areas and strategies to stay in Vegas. Near the end of the episode, we ask Michael if he would go back to Vegas again soon. His answer? A resounding “hell, yeah!” Tune in to hear about Michael’s trip and why Las Vegas is worth visiting, despite the pandemic. Support the show! VISIT ZorkOfferwww.zorkoffer.comI was very critical in June 2020 of Caesars Palace Las Vegas, but things have much improved in November 2020. So, it's important to point out the hotel experience has gotten much better at Caesars Properties in Las Vegas. My article from June: Vegas is open again, but is it worth the visit?Paris Las Vegas HotelCaesars Suites - Paris Las Vegas ZorkCast co-host Steve - LasVegasUKFollow him on Twitter @LasVegasUKZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation)TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on Instagram© 2020 ZorkCast © 2020 TravelZorkSupport the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
Developed by famed developer Jay Sarno, Circus Circus has been an integral part of the Vegas gaming landscape since its inception in 1968. Today we review Circus Circus in only nine minutes. We open our conversation by highlighting its charming, old school appeal before diving into its history. Host Michael shares stories from its early days — did you know that the casino entrance was originally a slide? Or that they had an elephant that would pull the handles of the slot machines? After talking about its transformation from a high-end to a mid-market property, we explore its key features, including its legendary steak house, and that it offers free gaming lessons. Near the end of the episode, we chat about its recent sale to MGM and present our final views on whether you should stay there. Tune in to hear more about Circus Circus, a vibrant landmark of Vegas history. Support the show! VISIT ZorkOfferwww.zorkoffer.comCircus Circus Las VegasCircus Circus The Steak HouseCircus Circus AdventuredomeZorkCast co-host Steve - LasVegasUKFollow him on Twitter @LasVegasUKZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation)TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on Instagram© 2020 ZorkCast © 2020 TravelZorkSupport the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
It’s been four decades since a new casino joined the downtown Las Vegas skyline. Now the whole gaming world is buzzing with anticipation over Circa Las Vegas — a property that promises to be “The Conduit between the Las Vegas of Yesterday and the Las Vegas of Tomorrow.” Today we speak with Marc Meltzer about one of Circa’s most exciting features, its sportsbook. Early in our conversation, Marc compares Circa’s sports offering to its competitors before detailing the top three things he looks for in a sportsbook. We chat about the importance of atmosphere in gaming, and Marc shares his enthusiasm for being a large room filled with people who have money on the line. We discuss how the pandemic has changed the feeling of sportsbooks and then look at how different casinos curate their spaces to create different types of ambiance. From their burger joints and Asian fusion restaurants to their coffee spot called Jack Pots, we then discuss Circa’s numerous and delectable-sounding food and beverage services. Tune in for more insights into Circa, a potentially game-changing property that promises to offer the best from a Vegas gaming experience.Circa Las VegasCirca Las Vegas on TwitterJack Pots at CircaMarc (MeltzVegas) on TwitterZorkCast co-host Steve - LasVegasUKFollow him on Twitter @LasVegasUKZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation)TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on Instagram© 2020 ZorkCast © 2020 TravelZorkSupport the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
Alternate title: How Casinos Are Getting Their Mojo Back with Eric RosenthalFew industries on the planet have been immune to the coronavirus pandemic’s effects, with the casino industry hit particularly hard. Today, we chat with Eric Rosenthal and dive into all things casinos (profitability). The pandemic has had some profound effects on casinos, with some battling to generate revenue, while the supposed ‘little guys’ have survived better than expected.We contrast the struggles of Vegas Strip Casinos versus Vegas Downtown Casinos, and how behemoth strip properties face more challenging times than their downtown contemporaries. Lockdown and its gradual easing have shaped the way we experience casinos and will continue to do so for the immediate future. Interestingly, by having fewer casino-goers at tables, the casino profitability of games played (hands dealt), dice rolls, and transactions have improved in some cases. Yet, some (non-casino-banked) card games, like poker, have virtually died. We contemplate how casinos will compensate for this loss and the limitations of the number of players at casino-banked games and touch on one common denominator – data. How casinos adapt and recover will depend on analyzing data and how well they use it. So tune in and discover how casino habits are changing and hear about what the future holds.Eric Rosenthal on TwitterZorkCast co-host Steve - LasVegasUKFollow him on Twitter @LasVegasUKZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation)TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on Instagram© 2020 ZorkCast © 2020 TravelZorkSupport the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
Not only is this the one-hundredth episode of ZorkCast, but we have Jonathan Jossel, the CEO of the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Downtown Las Vegas, joining us. Born in South Africa and raised in the United Kingdom, Jonathan moved to Las Vegas in 2007 to work for Tamares Real Estate, which owns Downtown Las Vegas properties. Jossel was named the CEO of the Plaza in 2014. In today’s episode, we discuss the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas, the recent updates at the Plaza, and Jonathan’s attitude towards caring for guests and creating that old Vegas experience. Jonathan also shares a bit about the Plaza’s loyalty program, the addition of single zero roulette, and the Plaza’s approach to COVID safety precautions, so make sure to tune in today!Key Points From This Episode:Jonathan kicks things off by sharing a bit about the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas.Some of the renovations and upgrades at the Plaza.That essence of old Vegas is still highly sought after, and Jonathan says it’s in a familiar touch, rather than the neon lights.It’s about taking care of guests in an individual manner and understanding what they enjoy.To Jonathan, it’s not just a small business, it’s like a small family, more lifestyle than a job.The Player’s Club system is designed to take care of everybody based on their level of play.Casino loyalty – prioritize the relationships, and then stay competitive with promotional offers.Loyalty program changes at the Plaza, like the name, from Royal Rewards to Plaza Rewards.The genesis of adding low limit single zero roulette was a way to stand out and provide value.The Plaza is even looking at doing a roulette tournament because of how many people the single zero roulette has drawn to the casino.Jonathan’s opinion of maximum bets – the Plaza raises the limits for people they know.The Plaza turns 50 next year, and Jonathan has some unique things planned.The Plaza is very strict with COVID safety, but Jonathan says, do what is comfortable for you.The Vegas experience is still alive and well, but it will be a while before it’s in full swing.The Plaza Hotel Casino on TwitterJonathan Jossel on Twitter Jonathan Jossel on Instagram The Plaza Hotel and Casino On The Corner Of Main Street Podcast ZorkCast co-host Steve - LasVegasUK Follow him on Twitter @LasVegasUKZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation) TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on Instagram© 2020 ZorkCast © 2020 TravelZorkSupport the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
Casinos in the UK were finally allowed to reopen on Saturday, August 15th, after the government decided against extending the closures further. Casinos closed on March 20th due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it has been a long hiatus! In this episode, we discuss our first trip to Playboy Club London. We also discuss some of the interesting regulations for slot machines in the UK. The episode’s unexpected tangent was a conversation about some superstitions that players have that simply don’t make any sense. Why would you play a game if you think you’re being cheated? Why would the casino cheat you when they already have a house edge? All this and more in Episode 99 of ZorkCast! Tune in today.Playboy Club London, a Caesars UK Property🇬🇧 UK Casinos Reopening 😷 Are UK Casinos safe to visit? We report from the Playboy Club in London.ZorkCast co-host Steve - LasVegasUK Follow him on Twitter @LasVegasUKZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation) TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on Instagram© 2020 ZorkCast © 2020 TravelZorkSupport the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
Today’s episode dives into the fascinating topic of UK casinos reopening from August 1st, which has been a long time coming, given that casinos in the UK closed down in earlier this year in March. The government has confirmed that casinos will now be allowed to reopen, adhering to strict rules on social distancing and public safety, of course. In this episode, Michael and Steve (@LasVegasUK) discuss some of these new regulations, from social distancing, plexi screens, and regular disinfecting of tables and seats, to one-way systems, mandatory hand washing, capacity control, and outdoor gaming. They also share a bit about casinos in London and the difference between UK and American slots. For everything you need to know about the reopening of casinos in the UK and what regulations will be in place, tune in to this episode! Caesars UK Health and Safety Caesars UK COVID-19 Guest InformationPlayboy Club London COVID-19 Information Hippodrome Casino London Reopening ZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation) New England Casinos on FacebookBe sure to subscribe to the TravelZork YouTube PageAlso, check out ZorkCast LIVE replays! TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on Instagram© 2020 ZorkCast © 2020 TravelZork Support the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
In his own words, host Michael is a gambler, and he stays where the casinos are, even though Vegas is home to several excellent hotels that do not have onsite casinos. This episode is dedicated to answering the question of whether you should stay at a non-gaming hotel. After noting the prevalence of conventions, we talk about why Vegas needs hotels for people who are there for business, not pleasure. From wanting to stay at non-smoking hotels to landing comps for affiliate properties, we then discuss the many reasons that a player might want to stay at a non-gaming hotel. We discuss the benefits that come from staying at non-gaming hotels, including how a stay at the Las Vegas Four Seasons is a bargain compared to other Four Seasons properties. We then delve into the risks of playing the comp game and why your loyalty and Marriott status might get you more at hotels without casinos. Near the end of the episode, Michael shares a tip on saving money by paying for the lowest room category and then negotiating an upgrade at check-in. As players arriving in Vegas from Europe have to face the challenges of jet-lag and, in most cases, of arriving at night, we go over the many factors that determine if you should play on your first night or stay at a non-gaming casino. With so many elements at play, staying at a non-gaming hotel could get you better hotel deals. Tune in to find out why you might want to stay at a non-gaming hotel. ‘NO Las Vegas Resort Fees – Five Ways To Beat Out Of Control Vegas Resort Fees’ THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGASDiscounts on Rooms at Cosmo - BOOK HERE!ZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation) New England Casinos on FacebookBe sure to subscribe to the TravelZork YouTube PageAlso, check out ZorkCast LIVE replays! TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on InstagramDISCLAIMER: SOME LINKS TO MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMS, CREDIT CARDS AND OTHER PRODUCTS AND SERVICES ON THIS WILL EARN AN AFFILIATE COMMISSION. OPINIONS EXPRESSED HERE ARE THE AUTHOR’S ALONE AND HAVE NOT BEEN REVIEWED, APPROVED, OR OTHERWISE ENDORSED BY THE SERVICE PROVIDER, MERCHANT OR CREDIT CARD ISSUER.© 2020 ZorkCast © 2020 TravelZork Support the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
Welcome back to another episode of ZorkCast. It’s another Nine Minute episode and, today, we’re going to talk about nine minutes on, drum roll please – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas! Commonly referred to as Cosmo (which is what we will call it today to save time), the resort opened on December 15, 2010, and is located just south of the Bellagio on the west side of Las Vegas Boulevard. In this episode, we discuss our favourite things about Cosmo, their great selection of slots, and review the room selection, as well as the dining options, pools, spas, and, very importantly, the drinks! Tune in today for Nine Minutes with ZorkCast. Introducing the new co-host for ZorkCast Steve - LasVegasUKFollow him on Twitter @LasVegasUKTHE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGASDiscounts on Rooms at Cosmo - BOOK HERE!ZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation) New England Casinos on FacebookBe sure to subscribe to the TravelZork YouTube PageAlso, check out ZorkCast LIVE replays! TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on InstagramDISCLAIMER: SOME LINKS TO MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMS, CREDIT CARDS AND OTHER PRODUCTS AND SERVICES ON THIS WILL EARN AN AFFILIATE COMMISSION. OPINIONS EXPRESSED HERE ARE THE AUTHOR’S ALONE AND HAVE NOT BEEN REVIEWED, APPROVED, OR OTHERWISE ENDORSED BY THE SERVICE PROVIDER, MERCHANT OR CREDIT CARD ISSUER.© 2020 ZorkCast © 2020 TravelZork Support the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
In today’s world, pre-COVID-19, flying transatlantic from the UK to the States is considered an every day, multi-option travel journey. When you’re deciding on what route to fly, how to spend your money, what airline to choose, and whether to connect or fly nonstop, you can easily become overwhelmed with all the aspects to take into consideration. We love to fly and have been doing so for many years. We have figured out what we like and what works for us. We’re back again today for another fun episode on Vegas. Steve will be talking about flying to Las Vegas from the United Kingdom and sharing with us his top tips, including different flight routes, airline preferences, the pros and cons of connections versus nonstop. How to use your Avios strategically, buying World Traveler Plus (WTP) tickets at the cheapest possible rate to upgrade and more. Stay tuned for some insightful tips and tricks from two seasoned, frequent flyers to hear what we have to say about our favourite do’s and don’t’s of flying transatlantic from the UK to Las Vegas!Introducing the new co-host for ZorkCast Steve - LasVegasUKFollow him on Twitter @LasVegasUKZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation)New England Casinos on FacebookBe sure to subscribe to the TravelZork YouTube PageAlso, check out ZorkCast LIVE replays!TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on Instagram© 2020 ZorkCast © 2020 TravelZorkSupport the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
Nine minutes is just about the amount of time needed to review anything…or so Steve (@LasVegasUK) seems to think. On this episode of ZorkCast Steve introduces a new concept, known as “Nine minutes on…” whereby Michael and Steve spend strictly nine minutes discussing something related to Las Vegas and/or travel. They aren’t allowed to go any further, as Michael has a special buzzer that goes off once the strict nine-minute time limit is up. The first-ever “Nine Minutes On” episode features Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas. Michael and Steve discuss what the hotel rooms are like, how the casino is, and where are the best spots to eat, all in strictly 9 minutes. Michael shares some stories of his own along the way, whilst Steve shifts the focus to include Mandalay Bay’s two other hotel concepts – The Delano and the Four Seasons. The discussion moves onto one of the most attractive elements of Mandalay Bay, the pool area and the fantastic wave pool. We also consider the location of the resort, whilst a negative for some Michael highlights how it is excellent for #AVGeeks due to the resort overlooking the airport. Before Michael and Steve know it, the buzzer is going off, and they have to end their discussion. Are you thinking of staying at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino? Or even just considering dropping in for a bite to eat, or to play in the casino? Our nine-minute snapshot into the resort is the perfect way to make your decision ahead of any Las Vegas trip.Introducing the new co-host for ZorkCast Steve - LasVegasUKFollow him on Twitter @LasVegasUKGuidanceLiving the Mlife: An Introduction – MGM M life Rewards Loyalty ProgramMandalay Bay Las VegasFour Seasons Las VegasDelano Las VegasZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation)New England Casinos on FacebookBe sure to subscribe to the TravelZork YouTube PageAlso, check out ZorkCast LIVE replays!TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on Instagram© 2020 ZorkCast © 2020 TravelZorkSupport the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
Coronavirus regulations in the United Kingdom currently mean that you must self-isolate for 14 days if you return to the UK from a country outside the common travel area.  However, the UK government has now announced that it is satisfied that it is now safe to ease these measures in England and has introduced travel corridors for some countries and territories.  From 10 July 2020, you will not have to self-isolate when you arrive in England if you are travelling or returning from one of the travel corridor countries or have not been to or stopped in a country that’s not on the travel corridor list in the previous 14 days.  This applies to all travel to England, by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route.  If you have been to or stopped in a country that’s not on the travel corridor list, you will have to self-isolate until 14 days have passed since you left that country. In addition, the FCO has updated its global advisory against ‘all but essential’ travel, exempting destinations that no longer pose an unacceptably high risk for British travellers. These exemptions come into effect on 4 July 2020, and these countries have been assessed as no longer presenting an unacceptably high risk to British people travelling abroad. Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice is based on risks to British nationals, including in-country public health assessments.Introducing the new co-host for ZorkCast Steve - LasVegasUKFollow him on Twitter @LasVegasUKGuidanceCoronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridorsGuidanceCoronavirus (COVID-19): countries and territories exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travelZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation)New England Casinos on FacebookBe sure to subscribe to the TravelZork YouTube PageAlso, check out ZorkCast LIVE replays!TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on Instagram© 2020 ZorkCast © 2020 TravelZorkSupport the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
Discretionary casino comps have become a nebulous concept since there is such a discrepancy in the allocation of them among different casinos. Back in the day, hotels and casinos readily gave away discretionary comps, but this has changed significantly over time. Today, hosts rarely give these away, often suggesting you use your rewards credits instead or charge the items to your room. This is not to say that you should give up trying but perhaps to approach it a little differently, keeping in mind the corporate perspective and that restrictions are often a means of controlling and tracking how much they award your gaming “action.” It is all about remaining respectful, not taking advantage, using your logic, and not gambling more than you are willing to risk. Also, to be prepared to pay if it comes to that. In this episode, we dive into this topic, bringing out listeners multiple perspectives and expanding their understanding of this issue. Be sure to tune in! Introducing the new co-host for ZorkCast Steve - LasVegasUKFollow him on Twitter @LasVegasUKZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation)New England Casinos on FacebookBe sure to subscribe to the TravelZork YouTube PageAlso, check out ZorkCast LIVE replays!TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on Instagram© 2020 ZorkCast © 2020 TravelZorkSupport the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
What everyone has been waiting for — Vegas is back for business. We sent out an advanced scout in the form of podcast host Michael and this episode; we dive into what you can expect from Vegas now that it’s reopened. Based on his nine-day trip, Michael talks about why he had a superb time in Vegas but that some peculiarities might take getting used to. Not being allowed to high-five the players at craps is just one of them. A more significant challenge for Michael was the lack of housekeeping at Caesars which was part of the reason that he moved over to Wynn Las Vegas later in his stay. As Michael details his trip, the focus of the conversation shifts to a comparison between Caesars Palace Las Vegas and Wynn Las Vegas and their vastly different approaches to their service and health policies. While Michael didn’t enjoy Caesars’ limited offerings, he shares how impressed he was with Wynn Las Vegas. From their “virtual” minibar to their turndown service, Michael explains the elegant and logical ways that Wynn provides services while maintaining guest and staff safety. After talking about how luxurious Vegas fine dining feels — with reduced capacity, you get so much of the restaurant to yourself — Michael discusses why Caesars may have gotten things so wrong. Often where you stay anchors your Vegas experience. Listen to this episode to learn what to look out for when you visit the reopened Vegas.Listen to this episode to learn what to look out for when you visit the reopened Vegas. Michael and Steve (LasVegasUK on Twitter) banter about this “historic” casino event.Note: The State of Nevada now requires masks indoors. COVID-Club | Flying Business Class With British Airways in the Coronavirus EraVegas is open again, but is it worth the visit?Exploring The Re-Imagined Wynn Las Vegas BuffetCaesars Palace Las VegasCaesars Palace Hotel Rooms (including my Augustus Tower Premium Smoking Room)Wynn Las VegasIntroducing the new co-host for ZorkCast Steve - LasVegasUKFollow him on Twitter @LasVegasUKZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation)New England Casinos on Facebook Be sure to subscribe to the TravelZork YouTube PageAlso, check out ZorkCast LIVE replays!TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on Instagram© 2020 ZorkCast © 2020 TravelZorkSupport the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
[Important Note: The entire landscape and rules and regulations for the openings of casinos in New Jersey is a "moving target." We recorded episode 90 on June 24th, 2020]When the first Atlantic City casinos opened, players used to queue along the boardwalk to get in. Now that the city is reopening its casinos from July 2nd, not many people know what to expect. With limits on how many people can enter Atlantic City’s casinos, we may get to see lines snaking along the boardwalk again. To get more context on the situation, we speak to Caesars Rewards Expert and the mastermind behind Seven Stars Insider, Darryl McEwen. We discuss which hotels have committed to opening and what their health regulations might look like. With not much information released yet, Darryl shares his view on what the much spoken about ’25 % capacity limit’ might refer to. We talk about what COVID-19 health protocols are in place in Vegas and how there are inconsistent rules among the different casinos — and even among the different American states. We speak about how these health rules might influence the number of patrons visiting Atlantic City casinos before exploring how they might impact casino benefits and services. Darryl tells us what to expect and then gives his impressions on how the New Jersey governor is handling the situation. With Darryl’s expert insights, our conversation provides a view into what playing will be like in the foreseeable future. Seven Stars InsiderSeven Stars Inside on TwitterMr. AC CasinoDarryl D. McEwen on TravelZorkAtlantic City June 2020 | Atlantic City casinos to reopen July 2ZorkCast with Michael and co-host Steve (LasVegasUK) from Cranbrook in KentFollow him on Twitter @LasVegasUKZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation)Be sure to subscribe to the TravelZork YouTube PageAlso, check out ZorkCast LIVE replays! TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on Instagram© 2020 ZorkCast © 2020 TravelZorkSupport the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
Today, we have an extraordinary guest who is going to be talking about the New England Casino scene, with much emphasis on Massachusetts, Robin Aubin. Robin is the founder of NETimeGambling, a blog where he shares his interest in gambling, the casino business, and his love for New England. NETimeGambling’s goal is to provide the necessary resources for anyone visiting New England’s expanding casino market. In this episode, we’re going to be talking about the reopening of casinos in New England, focusing primarily on Connecticut and Massachusetts. Robin gives us an overview of what’s happening, and we talk about whether or not the casinos are implementing COVID-19 regulations, including masks, plexiglass dividers, and limited player numbers. We also discuss the increase in table game minimums and why they are affected by social distancing regulations. Finally, Robin gives us his opinions on MGM Springfield and predicts whether or not he thinks they will survive the pandemic. For everything, you need to know about New England casinos during COVID-19, tune in to this episode!NETimeGambling NETimeGambling on Twitter  Robin Aubin TravelZork Should MGM Springfield Even Bother (re)Opening?The Two Resort Casinos in Massachusetts Encore Boston HarborMGM Springfield ZorkCast with Michael and co-host Steve (LasVegasUK) from Cranbrook in Kent Follow him on Twitter @LasVegasUKZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation) Be sure to subscribe to the TravelZork YouTube PageAlso, check out ZorkCast LIVE replays! TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on Instagram© 2020 ZorkCast © 2020 TravelZorkSupport the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
We all remember our first time in Vegas — the lights of the Strip, the excitement of playing, and the first property that you ever stayed in. But like all first-timers, you probably made the same mistakes that we did. In today’s episode, Steve (LasVegasUK on Twitter) shares the top three things that he absolutely got wrong on his first trip to Vegas. In our conversation, we talk about why you should never book a property through third-parties, not even if your uncle is a travel agent, and why you should charge everything to your room and pay with a credit card. In a brief digression, we talk about Treasure Island, the first Vegas property that Steve stayed at, and why casino loyalty and loyalty programs may not be at the forefront of a first-timer’s mind. Steve discusses how he bound himself to a strict itinerary and why he now prefers to ditch the spreadsheets and go with the flow. Tune in to hear what Steve learned from his first Vegas trip, along with other tips on travelling smarter and getting the most out of your Vegas trip.Key Points From This Episode:•    Steve describes his first trip to Vegas. •    The British tendency to use travel agencies. •    Steve’s first mistake — booking his trip through a third-party.•    Treasure Island was a decent property to stay at for your first Vegas trip.•    Learn why you should never book a property through a third party.•    Steve’s second mistake — not playing where he stayed and not charging everything to his room. •    Steve’s third mistake — not going with the flow.•    Many Vegas first-timers aren’t necessarily there to gamble.•    Michael and Steve compare notes on how many times they’ve been to Vegas. Caesars Palace Las VegasTreasure Island Las VegasTreasure Island | A Vegas Story for the AgesCasino Review | Good Blackjack And Cheap (or comp) Macallan At Treasure Island Las VegasZorkFest ZorkCast with Michael and co-host Steve (LasVegasUK) from Cranbrook in KentFollow him on Twitter @LasVegasUKZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation)Be sure to subscribe to the TravelZork YouTube PageAlso, check out ZorkCast LIVE replays!TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on Instagram© 2020 ZorkCast © 2020 TravelZorkSupport the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
Everything you wanted to know, from day #1 of the reopening of Las Vegas. Also, a few things you probably did NOT want to know. Michael and Steve (LasVegasUK on Twitter) banter about this “historic” casino event. Caesars Palace Las Vegas Caesars Palace Hotel Rooms (including my Augustus Tower Premium Smoking Room)Wynn Las VegasIntroducing the new co-host for ZorkCast Steve - LasVegasUKFollow him on Twitter @LasVegasUKZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation)Be sure to subscribe to the TravelZork YouTube PageAlso, check out ZorkCast LIVE replays!TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on Instagram© 2020 ZorkCast © 2020 TravelZorkSupport the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
Join us on the show as we are taking this opportunity to continue exploring the question of whether you should have a casino host! Following on from the last episode, we talk about the impact of comps and why never to feel bad about making the most of what you have earned. The conversation also covers the apparent difference in standards for foreigners and local casino visitors and how these norms may have changed recently. Michael and Steve (LasVegasUK on Twitter)  underline the importance of staying light of foot and not getting too attached to any single casino or loyalty system — open-mindedness is your ally! The last part of today’s discussion is spent considering the potential downsides of having a host, the most notable of which might be the pressure to play more and live up to a standard you have set. Join us for all this and more on ZorkCast!Key Points From This Episode:• Perceptions of different treatment for foreigners and locals.• Using up comps and making the most of the credits you have earned.• The importance of staying open-minded and unattached to a single loyalty program. • Disadvantages of having a host; irrational responsibility, pressure, etc.• Michael and Steve’s best experiences of hosts and weighing these against the drawbacks. Introducing the new co-host for ZorkCast Steve - LasVegasUKFollow him on Twitter @LasVegasUKZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation)Be sure to subscribe to the TravelZork YouTube PageAlso, check out ZorkCast LIVE replays!TravelZorkZorkCast on TwitterZorkCast on Instagram© 2020 ZorkCast © 2020 TravelZorkSupport the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)
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