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Let’s do some top 5’s

Been a slow week at work with not many memorable stories so let’s do some Vegas Top 5’s.

Note: These are my opinions on places that I have been or things I have done. Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments.


Top 5 Buffets

  1. Wicked Spoon @ The Cosmopolitan – Is it expensive? Yes, but worth it. A large variety of ethnic food. Very fresh and they have small plates and bowls so your food doesn’t get all mixed together. Some of the most friendly staff I have ever seen.
  2. Bacchanal @ Caesars Palace – Pretty much the same comments at Wicked Spoon but the staff at WS make this one slightly below.
  3. The Buffet @ Aria – The Asian and Mediterranean stations are standouts to me. The staff is decent. The coffee may be the best I have had at a buffet. The carving station is hit and miss.
  4. Carnival World Buffet @ The Rio – A big disclaimer here… This rating is based on if you get the seafood add on. The regular buffet is very average but the added seafood section is fantastic. If you don’t want to spend the extra money, it is definitely a decent buffet but you are going to be very jealous of the people that are eating lobster, stone crab and the many other seafood options.
  5. Le Village Buffet @ Paris Las Vegas – If I was being honest, I probably would put the Wynn buffet here but the top 4 here are all high end, high price buffets. I want to throw in the best of the mid range priced buffets. Great pastries and a charcuterie section that is to die for. Staff is very friendly. One of two buffets, that can make an eggs benedict on a buffet and still have the yoke be runny. That is a hard thing to do and I appreciate it.


Top 5 Poker Rooms

  1. Red Rock – Off the beaten path and mostly locals but the staff is top notch. A friendly atmosphere with great promotions. They offer Omaha and Texas Hold’em in limit and no-limit. Games run steadily for probably 20 hours per day. The tournaments could be structured better.
  2. The Orleans – Another off-strip poker room but they offer a great variety of games. The dealers are very professional and the level of talent makes it a beatable game and hey, isn’t that what you want in a poker game.
  3. Bellagio – Think of a type of poker game that you would like to play in Vegas, this place has it. Omaha, Hold’em, HORSE, Chinese, you can probably even find a stud game and that is rare these days in Vegas. The players can be a bit intense here and the level of talent is high.
  4. Aria – Another great strip poker room. Less choice of games here and the talent is pretty strong, especially as the stakes rise. I am a big fan of their tournaments. The room, like Bellagio and Red Rock is an actual room that is offset from the noise of the casino which is a big plus.
  5. The Venetian – The Venetian used to be my favorite room as a tourist but over the last few years they have downsized and there is less game variety and the dealers seem less friendly than before. The do have some of the best tournaments in Vegas. Great bang for the buck, especially during their Deep Stack Extravaganza that they run a few times per year. Cash games are a tougher go than the tournaments.


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