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Frontier Hotel 1942-2007

Frontier Hotel 1942-2007

"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

Saturday, September 25, 2010

How to save a buck or two...

You just drove 4+ hours from LA.   It was a long week at work, lots of stress.  Now its time to let loose!  It's Vegas baby!    Time to get a test tube drink and hit a tit pit!

Check out this smart tourist.  He's saving at least $1.00 by schelping his own gear into the Sweat Point.  So what if it's 103f at 4:30pm?  So what if you have to walk 150 yards from the parking lot to the front entrance of the hotel?  Four bags, no problem.  I can do this all by myself -- I am young and I am strong. 


  1. I love this blog !

    Can't wait to be next year to visit LV again.

    Greets from the French Riviera ;)

  2. Tit Pit at the South Point? I must have missed it.

    Drag your own bags? Well, he looks young and healthy. Maybe he doesn't like valet parkers driving his car or something. I often would travel with only one small suitcase and since it had my bankroll in it you bet I carried it myself. Maybe he simply prefers a good looking Tray Lizard get that five bucks!

  3. Yeah, there's a tit pit at the SP. It's in Mr. Gaughan's office when he "auditions" waitresses...

    Yeah, those toke hustling valets and bell services can be annoying. Maybe lugging all that gear into the Sweat Point from the parking lot makes sense. SP does have some mighty fine "tray lizards" who would appreciate the toke. JH

  4. What's the point of having a bellman bring in your bags if you have to wait in line for a long time to check in? It's like Ace Rothstein observed in "Casino": "It's like checking into an airport."

    You might as well do the "bag drag" yourself, and get something that you enjoy for your tokes.

  5. Personally, If I had 4 bags like this guy, I would park in valet, then take my own bags out of the car and go check in. BTW -- There's no line at the Sweat Point, ever. I think a 4 bagger out of the SP parking lot on 103f day, is pushing it. But like FS said, he's young and strong!

    I think I am going to change this post!

  6. You know the worst thing about checking in to most casinos is not the grid-lock on the apron, its not the delay, its not the time it takes and it sure ain't the lousy few bucks to valet-parkers and bellmen.

    The worst thing is that annoying habit of their opening your door and greeting you by name as if they know you well and have recognized you visually. Look jack, stop with the faux greeting: I KNOW, absolutely KNOW, that you have not actually recognized me from my last visit. Yeah, I am a George, but I am not that much of a George that you actually recognize me. That dude who just opened the trunk and is taking out the bags read the name tag and called out the name to you and you are simply parroting it in some sort of pretense that you know me. So cut it out. It don't mean nuttin' to my ego. And usually it just means you are a stupid jerk because you don't even know that if there are a dozen expensive suitcases back there and one small nondescript suitcase, its like this: The multitude of expensive suitcases belong to the female who is dragging half of Neimann-Marcus around with her even though its only going to be five nights whereas the one beat-up bag belongs to the male! So please STOP calling the male by the name that is on all those other suitcases. That is her name, not mine. And I have to give you five bucks as a reward for your ignorance!

    Now THAT is what I really hate about checking in to a casino.

  7. @flea: great commentary!

    What I hate is the "pre-toke" hustling. The valet hustles you for a toke while taking your car. Then bell services hustles you before your bags are taken up to the room. It's almost become that if you talk to any casino employee they are expecting a toke for providing you information... Come on now.

  8. The only "hustle" that is really appreciated by the casino patron or hotel guest is the vigor displayed by the employee in performing his tasks.

    I know when that bellman is up putting some suitcases from the room across the hall onto one of those narrow wheeled dollies. If that bellboy steps across the hall and tries to see if I would like my bags taken down as well, that he is doing that in hopes of getting a tip. Well, if he shows the initiative to do two rooms at once ... yes, he is going to get an extra tip. He kept his eyes and ears open and he did both tasks quickly. That sort of hustle merits a reward.

    A soft hustle on a slow table... okay. I know its a slow shift and you haven't seen many tokes yet. My very first bet at a new table always has a bet for the dealers. I'm only called FleaStiff as a joke, but eyes light up and dealers say George when I approach the table. That doesn't mean you should push it though. If I'm walking through the lobby and ask for directions to the chocolatier don't put your palm out!