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"This is the end result of all the bright lights... and the comp trips, of all the champagne... and free hotel suites,
and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money.
That's the truth about Las Vegas. We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. "

-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995

Sunday, August 29, 2010

"Long Haulers" in Action...

Today I went to play a poker tournament at the Mirage.  So I take the 215 west from Henderson to the 15 north and exit at Spring Mountain.  Nice and easy, door to door in 15 minutes.  While I am on the 215 I drive past the merge from the airport tunnel.  Of course, what do I see -- that's right, two cabbies long hauling unsuspecting tourists to the Strip.   If you would like to learn more about "long hauling" please refer to this previous post on the subject:

These long hauling cabbies are despicable how they prey on unsuspecting tourists and take them on a much longer route to the Strip as opposed to the most direct and shortest route of surface streets out of the airport.  Talk about taking advantage of people.  So here's a couple of photos of these "long haulers" in action.  Note the exits that they are taking.

"Lucky Cab" #2785 merges onto the 15 north from the 215 west after using the airport tunnel:

Note this cab exits at Russell and Frank Sinatra.  Most likely this is a drop off at Mandalay Bay, Luxor or Tropicana.  This is the worst of the long haul abuses as these hotels are literally 3 miles from the airport.

And here's a photo of the actual "longhauler" in all his glory with his "marks" sitting in the back of cab without a clue that they just gotten take for a ride.  The people in this cab probably just got the plane after a 13 hour plane flight from Europe.  Nice.  Welcome to Las Vegas...

And here is Desert Cab #4145 "long hauling" some unsuspecting tourists to Flamingo.  Nice.


  1. This is a good idea. Start exposing these assholes and maybe - just maybe - we'll see a drop in this practice.

  2. Longhauling is bad, but you can't be sure that is what was happening here. While I'm sure the majority of cabs are taking people from the airport to a casino, there are legitimate reasons to take those routes. Maybe someone was staying south- maybe in Henderson and needed a ride to the Strip. If they are going downtown, 15 is the fastest route. I'm all for catching these guys in the act, but I don't think you can tell what's really happening with such limited information.

  3. What do you mean I was not sure what was happening? What do you mean my information was limited? Did you read the post? Did you look at the photos? Ok, let's do this again:

    1. I was on the 215 heading west. I saw these two longhaulers merge onto the 215 from the airport connector! They were ahead of me as I/we merged on to the 15 north. THEY CAME FROM THE AIRPORT, NOT HENDERSON! THEY WERE NOT GOING TO DT! LOOK WHERE THEY GOT OFF THE 15! COME ON NOW!

    2. If you read my post(s)I only discuss longhauling from the airport to the Strip. I do not talk about the trip from the aiport to DT. The DT trip is entirely different, I would imagine people get longhauled there to -- 215 east to the 95 north to DT, but that's for another post.

    I don't mean to be pissy, but have your facts in line before you jump on me. I know what I saw and observed. These were longhaulers, plain and simple. Longhauling is rampant, most cabbies are doing it, it's wrong, and it needs to be stopped. I will continue exposing this racket until the practice is stopped. JH

  4. Thank you for exposing this practice of longhauling.
    I usually drive to Vegas, being from AZ, but my last trip I flew in and now I realized I was longhauled!
    My cab driver asked if we wanted to take the quick route or the scenic one. I told him quick one, thinking he was doing us a favor and going the short route, and then ended up through the tunnel on the freeway. The cab fare to Caesars was $26, an unexpected expense. At least I didn't tip.