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Just A Quick Update!

Hey All!

Just wanted to drop a quick update to let you all know that I haven't forgotten about you!

Myself & my wife have been on a non-Vegas vacation (crazy, right?) for the last week.  We've been checking out the sights in New York City and we've been having an absolute blast!  Lots of shows, great food & people watching and it's been awesome!

I'm back home to Calgary at the end of the weekend and I'll be doing some studio work over the next few days so I'm thinking that the next new episode will likely be released on June 24th and that will be a trip report from my next Las Vegas trip (June 16-20).

In the meantime you can listen to all the past episodes of the podcast, take the audience survey and check out info on The Jeff Does Vegas Patron Program!

Thanks for listening!

WOW!!! 10,000+ Downloads!!!

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WOW!  The Jeff Does Vegas Podcast has hit a huge milestone...10,000+ DOWNLOADS!

I know I said I wasn't going to post any episodes for awhile, but I had to jump on and thank everyone who's helped me reach this huge achievement!

Thanks to all my listeners, thanks to all my guests and thanks to all the fellow Las Vegas podcasters who've helped to share the show and make it as big as it's become.

The best is yet to come!  I've got lots planned for the show, so I hope you'll stick with me as we grow together!

EP#23: A Cut Above The Rest

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If you're not drooling by the end of this episode, you should probably check your pulse to see if you're still alive.  This time around, we're talking about a Las Vegas staple: PRIME RIB!

My guest for this episode of the show is Kristen DeSilva.  By day, she's a content producer for a Las Vegas TV station...but off the clock, she's a Prime Rib aficionado who's made it her goal to eat as many different Prime Rib dinners around Las Vegas as possible.  If you follow Kristen on Twitter or Instagram, you can track her progress with photos of her amazing meals.

If you want to share in Kristen's experience, here's her list of Prime Rib picks:

Primarily Prime Rib at South Point Hotel & Casino, Lawry's Las Vegas, Village Pub & Cafe at Ellis Island, Bob Taylor's Original Ranch House, Siegel's 1941 at El Cortez Hotel & Casino, Marilyn's Cafe at Tuscany Suites & Casino, Golden Steer Steakhouse and Jerry's Famous Coffeeshop at Jerry's Nugget Casino.

Also in this episode...Vegas News You Can Use:

- Lots of rumours floating around surrounding the SLS including new entertainment & a possible name change

- A big winner at the Venetian becomes Vegas' latest millionaire

- And the Neon Museum is set to undergo a big expansion

And here's some upcoming events to check out:

- If you're going to be in Las Vegas at the start of June & would like to score a hot date with a Firefighter, this is your chance: The 2019 Firefighter Bachelor Auction - Flirt With Fire goes down at The Foundry inside the SLS Las Vegas on Saturday, June 8th.  Enjoy an evening of entertainment featuring 14 of Las Vegas' hottest bachelors and then bid on exclusive date packages.  Funds raised go to support The Burn Foundation.  Get your tickets - while they last - at TheBurnFoundation.org

- Friends of the podcast, Lisa Marie Smith and Lauren Ashlea Fraser, are going to be part of a great event on June 21st at The Smith Center as The David Perrico Pop Strings Orchestra presents The Music of Disney.  If you've got the family with you and you're looking for a great escape from the madness of the strip, this is a great way to do that!  Tickets and show info available at thesmithcenter.com

- If you're in Las Vegas on a Friday night and looking for something different to do, join my very good friend Kenny Davidsen at the Piazza Lounge in the Tuscany Suites & Casino as he hosts Kenny Davidsen's Celebrity Piano Bar.  You never know who might show up to perform!

- Hockey fans...take note: Five-time Stanley Cup Winner & Hockey Hall of Famer, Grant Fuhr is coming to The Space on July 6th for a special screening of his documentary, "Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story", followed by a special Q&A session with the legend himself.  Tickets and info available at TheSpaceLV.com

- - And don't forget about the best value in Vegas entertainment, Mondays Dark!  Join host Mark Shunock and his friends as they raise $10K in 90 minutes for a different local Las Vegas charity every show!  Information and tickets available at mondaysdark.com

EP#22: Mob Rules

It's no secret that Las Vegas has a somewhat shady past...and that can pretty much 100% be attributed to the Mob's history in Las Vegas.

There are a lot of myths & legends surrounding Vegas' association with the world of organized crime and I wanted to get to the bottom of it all, so I turned to the experts.

The Mob Museum is one of my favorite Las Vegas attractions.  It's the definitive authority on Mob history, not just in Las Vegas but all across the US & around the world.  The Mob Museum is always on my to-do list when I'm in town and it's always one of my top recommendations for people travelling to Las Vegas.

My guest on this episode of the podcast is Geoff Schumacher, the Senior Director of Content for The Mob Museum.  We talked about Las Vegas' humble history as a stop on the railway line, the growth of gambling & the connection to organized crime and Geoff helped to separate fact from fiction when it comes to some of those legendary stories of the mob's involvement in the building of Las Vegas.

Keep up with the Mob Museum by following them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.  Get your tickets to visit the Mob Museum here.

Vegas News You Can Use:

- An update about the Pinball Hall Fame & their application to build a new facility

- "Dynamic Pricing" is coming to MGM Resorts in Las Vegas

- And The Cosmopolitan has announced this summer's line-up for Dive Inn Movies

Upcoming Events & Shows:

- If you're going to be in Las Vegas at the start of June & would like to score a hot date with a Firefighter, this is your chance: The 2019 Firefighter Bachelor Auction - Flirt With Fire goes down at The Foundry inside the SLS Las Vegas on Saturday, June 8th.  Enjoy an evening of entertainment featuring 14 of Las Vegas' hottest bachelors and then bid on exclusive date packages.  Funds raised go to support The Burn Foundation.  Get your tickets - while they last - at TheBurnFoundation.org

- If you're in Las Vegas on a Friday night and looking for something different to do, join my very good friend Kenny Davidsen at the Piazza Lounge in the Tuscany Suites & Casino as he hosts Kenny Davidsen's Celebrity Piano Bar.  You never know who might show up to perform!

- Hockey fans...take note: Five-time Stanley Cup Winner & Hockey Hall of Famer, Grant Fuhr is coming to The Space on July 6th for a special screening of his documentary, "Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story", followed by a special Q&A session with the legend himself.  Tickets and info available at TheSpaceLV.com

- Friend of the podcast, Lisa Marie Smith, is ready to take Las Vegas by storm with her new party band, LMS!  Catch them performing all over Las Vegas!  Find out where they'll be and when by following Lisa Marie Smith on Twitter & Instagram and liking LMS on Facebook!

- And don't forget about the best value in Vegas entertainment, Mondays Dark!  Join host Mark Shunock and his friends as they raise $10K in 90 minutes for a different local Las Vegas charity every show!  Information and tickets available at mondaysdark.com

EP#21: Kill Resort Fees!

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The topic of discussion for this episode of the podcast is one that affects pretty much anyone who visits Las Vegas: RESORT FEES!

For those unfamiliar with the concept, "Resort Fees" are extra fees that most Vegas hotels will charge guests in addition to the actual room rate.  Depending on the hotel you're staying at, those fees range anywhere from an additional $25-$45 per night and for lower-end hotels, the resort fee is actually HIGHER than the published room rate.

And what do you get for that extra cash?  The hotels try to claim they're giving you access to the pool, resort wi-fi, the fitness center, free local calls and other goodies.  In fact, what they're actually giving you is nothing.

Joining me for this episode of the podcast is Lauren Wolfe, a Washington, D.C.-based lawyer who, like a lot of other who travel to Las Vegas - and elsewhere in the US where the Resort Fee Plague is spreading - got tired of paying this so-called mandatory fee in exchange for, essentially, nothing.  So, she decided to do something about it.

Lauren is the founder & creator of Kill Resort Fees, a website not only devoted to eliminating resort fees entirely, but educating people on how to avoid resort fees, how to get their resort fees refunded and how to force the government to take action against this illegal practice.

In addition to checking out the website, you can follow Kill Resort Fees on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Also in this episode...Vegas News You Can Use:

- Work has begun on the Viva Vision upgrade at the Fremont Street Experience

- The Pinball Hall of Fame & Museum has taken the first step towards getting their new location

- And another week means another residency announcement...Paula Abdul is coming to the Flamingo

And some quick plugs for some upcoming events:

- If you're in Las Vegas on a Friday night and looking for something different to do, join my very good friend Kenny Davidsen at the Piazza Lounge in the Tuscany Suites & Casino as he hosts Kenny Davidsen's Celebrity Piano Bar.  You never know who might show up to perform!

- Be sure to check out friend of the podcast, John Di Domenico as he brings Donald Trump to life as part of Ester Goldberg's Totally Outrageous Brunch every Saturday and Sunday at the SLS Hotel & Casino.  Get your tickets at TotallyOutrageousBrunch.com

- Hockey fans...take note: Five-time Stanley Cup Winner & Hockey Hall of Famer, Grant Fuhr is coming to The Space on July 6th for a special screening of his documentary, "Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story", followed by a special Q&A session with the legend himself.  Tickets and info available at TheSpaceLV.com

- - And don't forget about the best value in Vegas entertainment, Mondays Dark!  Join host Mark Shunock and his friends as they raise $10K in 90 minutes for a different local Las Vegas charity every show!  Information and tickets available at mondaysdark.com