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How to Use Player’s Clubs Cards in Las Vegas and Gain Rewards

This guide to players’ clubs in Las Vegas will explain how to make the most of your playing experience in; that not only improve your gaming but also …

This guide to players’ clubs in Las Vegas will explain how to make the most of your playing experience in; that not only improve your gaming but also increase the predictability for the future gaming odds. Joining a casino player’s club, also known as a loyalty program, has many advantages. You will earn points toward great benefits and rewards including cash, prizes, free meals, free shows and even complimentary rooms. As a player’s club member you will be kept informed of any special tournaments, events and giveaways that are being held at the casino. Some of these special events may be only for members of the player’s club. Membership to a casino player’s club is free. Just sign up for your player’s club card and remember to use it every time you play a machine or present it to the dealer when playing a table game. Your points are automatically added to your card as you play.

MGM Mirage

The MGM Mirage player’s club card earns rewards when it is used at any one of the twelve casinos and resorts that are part of their group. Nine of the casino resorts are located in Las Vegas, two in Mississippi and one in Michigan. These resorts include:

MGM Grand Las Vegas

Bellagio Las Vegas

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Las Vegas

Mirage Las Vegas

Treasure Island Las Vegas

Monte Carlo Resort and Casino Las Vegas

New York New York Hotel and Casino Las Vegas

Luxor Las Vegas

Excalibur Las Vegas

Beau Rivage Resort and Casino Biloxie, Mississippi

MGM Grand Detroit, Michigan

Gold Strike Casino Resort Tunica, Mississippi

Several of the great features of the MGM Grand player’s club card include PointPlay and the Holiday Gift Shoppe. PointPlay allows to convert the points you have accumulated into free play

directly from the machine you are playing.

The Holiday Gift Shoppe points accumulate with your player’s points. However, they are completely separate. The Holiday Gist Shoppe points can be redeemed from 11/29 to 12/7 for great gifts, such as jewelry, watches, electronics and free play.

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

The player’s club at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is called a Rockstar Players Card. Use your free card every time you play any slot machine or table game. Your points will build up and earn you free meals or discounts at the Hard Rock’s restaurants. You can also trade in your points for Hard Rock merchandise, event and concert tickets, or items from their Rockstar gift catalogue.

Circus Circus

A player’s club card from Circus Circus will earn you excellent complimentary benefits and rewards. You will enjoy VIP room reservation and access, preferred access to restaurants and invitations to special events, tournaments and concerts. Your reward points will earn you free slot play, cash back offers, and complimentary or discounted rooms and meals. You will be notified of promotional offers that are exclusive to Circus players’ club members and receive discounts in the gift shops.

Sahara Hotel and Casino

Club Sahara, the player’s club for the Sahara Hotel and Casino is said to be one of the most generous players’ clubs rewards program in Las Vegas. Membership is free and your points will add up quickly as you play any machine or table game. When you play a table game, your card will be rated depending on the level of play. Several of the things you can redeem your points for include meals, drinks, merchandise and show tickets. The points you earn from playing machines can also be redeemed for cash or EZMoney. The Sahara also offers a daily member’s bonus. Your club membership also entitles you to invitations to tournaments and special events.

Resorts International Las Vegas Hilton

Another excellent rewards program is offered from Resorts International. Added flexibility of their player’s club card allows you to take your card and get your own comp at any Las Vegas Hilton owned retail store or food outlet. You can also redeem all your points for cash. You will receive special offers for shows and rooms in the mail. You will also be notified of special events and news of new attractions coming to the Hilton. Use your comp points for cash, complimentary or discounted hotel rooms, meals and merchandise.

Always join the player’s club of any casino where you are playing any machine or table game. As this guide to players’ clubs in Las Vegas shows there are many benefits of belonging to a casino’s loyalty program.

Movie Review: Baz Luhrmann’s “Australia” – Epic or Epic Disaster?

Baz Luhrmann is an extremely self-assured filmmaker, unwilling to compromise or water down his unique vision. His movies show us this. Luhrmann’s Oscar-winning 2001 film Moulin Rouge! was a …

Baz Luhrmann is an extremely self-assured filmmaker, unwilling to compromise or water down his unique vision. His movies show us this. Luhrmann’s Oscar-winning 2001 film Moulin Rouge! was a frenzy of stylized sounds and visuals, and has quickly become a cult classic. In contrast, Luhrmann’s new film Australia continues to receive rather poor critical and box office reception. In response, Luhrmann recently declared that “Moulin Rouge! was supposed to go away. Not only has it not gone away, but you can’t read about modern musicals without reading about it. Australia will not go away.” [1]Moulin Rouge! indeed defied early criticisms to become one of the most celebrated films of the decade. The stylized hyperactivity of Moulin Rouge! lured the viewer down the proverbial rabbit hole and into the irresistible world of the film from the intriguing opening seconds. However, the frenzied collage of styles doesn’t work as well in Australia. In this film, Luhrmann’s over-the-top visual and emotional bravado seems to have lost its distinctive flair and internal coherence. Australia’s melodrama and stylistic clutter distanced me from the film rather than drawing me in.

Australia contains a vast number of different story threads. The central plot revolves around Nicole Kidman’s Lady Sarah Ashley, an English aristocrat who travels to Australia to visit her husband’s property in the Australian outback. She is taken across the outback by The Drover (Hugh Jackman), a tough, bronzed Aussie bloke who works as a freelance cattle driver. When she arrives at the property to find her husband murdered, Lady Ashley takes it upon herself to manage the farm and drive the cattle across the outback to the shipping dock. The film contains sprinklings of many different genres – it’s part screwball comedy, part epic romance, part adventure, part war film, and it even has some political commentary thrown in for good measure. With so many different ingredients, all presented in Luhrmann’s characteristic melodramatic style, Australia quickly starts to feel overdone.

However, there are some striking and powerful moments in the movie, where I felt dazzled rather than besieged. The sweeping cinematography is consistently stunning, effectively presenting a spiritual and enchanting vision of the Australian landscape. Some of the set pieces, such as the cattle driving scenes, are awe-inspiring.

Many of the performances are also very good. Young aboriginal actor Brandon Walters, who plays Nullah, delivers a warm and vibrant performance, one of the most involved in the film. Before Australia, young Brandon had never been in front of a camera before, in fact, he’d never even heard of Nicole Kidman or Hugh Jackman. His debut performance is extremely impressive. Hugh Jackman is also very good as The Drover, effectively portraying the tough Aussie bloke who relies on his manly persona to hide his pain and insecurities. David Wenham’s dastardly villain is relentlessly over-the-top (in typical Luhrmann style), but his snarling, acerbic performance is brilliant. Many of the supporting players, especially David Gulpilil and David Ngoombujarra, deliver extremely powerful and memorable performances despite having few lines compared to the stars.

On the other hand, Nicole Kidman, the much-hyped star of the movie, became more and more unbearable as the film wore on (and on). While her exaggerated technique worked well in Moulin Rouge!, it quickly becomes grating in Australia. Kidman overacts so much that she often seems out of place beside her much more natural co-stars. This is somewhat the fault of the writers, as the Lady Ashley character is rather uneven and contrived. Nevertheless, Nicole doesn’t help make Lady Ashley any more likable. I can’t see Nicole creating any Oscar buzz for this performance.

Nevertheless, Australia is far from an epic disaster. Certain scenes are immaculately constructed and wash over you like the mystical spirits of the great outback; such as the scene in which Nicole Kidman’s Lady Ashley first meets young Nullah. However, overall Baz Luhrmann fails to weave all the different threads (and there are many) into a powerful whole. After all, Moulin Rouge! was only 127 minutes long, and every unique minute of that film was intriguing. Australia, on the other hand, is nearly three hours long. Throughout those 170 minutes, the film is constantly zigzagging around different plotlines, characters, and themes. If Baz had managed to cut out some of the fat, the movie could have been a constantly whimsical and unforgettable epic. As it is, Australia is definitely worth a gander, but it has a few roos lose in the top paddock. In the end, you can just watch the movie on 123movies and decide that for yourself. 


Sources for Coupons and Coupon Facts

The cost of living is increasing and wages seem to be standing still. There are still ways of stretching the family dollar and still be able to keep your …

The cost of living is increasing and wages seem to be standing still. There are still ways of stretching the family dollar and still be able to keep your current standard of living. You can even improve your standard of living. Many people think the only way to get coupons is through the Sunday paper but that is not true. Coupons can be printed from the internet, or found on store shelves.

Why would stores want to accept coupons? Well in addition to getting reimbursed for the face value of the coupon the manufacture will also pay 0.08 to 0.12 cents per coupon. That can add up to a lot of money. Coupons also bring shoppers into stores to spend money. Which is why this is beneficial for both the seller and the buyers. In addition to that, you get to save some money on your shopping bill as well as you apply coupon codes that are easily available online. 

Why would the manufacture want to give the product away at a reduced or free price? They want the consumer to become a repeat buyer. If someone tries a product for free or at a good price and they like the item they will buy again, even without a coupon.

Traditionally most people anticipate getting coupons from Sunday’s paper. These coupons are called inserts and are normally from Smartsource, Valassis, or P G.; Proctor and Gamble normally put out coupons once a month, the first Sunday of the month. Typically coupons vary from state to state so if you have a friend or relative that gets the Sunday paper in another state their coupons could vary by what is offered and the amount of the coupon may differ as well.

Printable coupons are coupons that can be printed from the internet. The downside is that all companys do not take them because of the risk of coupon fraud. If you ever find a coupon online and you question its authenticity then contact the company and ask them if it is legitimate. Authentic printable coupons normally have an expiration date, the spelling is correct, and there is an address for reimbursement. Ask your store manager if they take printable coupons. Check online for a coupon policy. It is surprising the number of store clerks, and management that does not know that they accept printable coupons. It is normally at the manager’s discretion so always ask if there is any doubt.

This is a few of the stores I use printable coupons at:

Walmart or Super Walmart

Target or Super Target


This is a few of my favorite online printable companies:

Blinkies are coupons that are normally found on store shelves. A flashing light makes it easy to spot. Most blinkie machines have a space on top for extra coupons, so check on the top of the machine if you need multiple coupons.

Peelies are coupons that are stuck on the side of merchandise. The coupon can be peeled off and used or saved. There is always a great debate on whether or not it is ok to peel off coupons from a product that you are not buying to use at a later date. Be aware that if you collect peelies while shopping someone may confront you.

Tear pads are just what they sound like. They are coupons on a pad and you peel off what you want. I never take an entire pad but I do sometimes get a few extras to use later. I usually find coupons and rebates that do not come out in Sunday’s paper. This makes them valuable to trade. Remember I said that different areas get different coupons offers. There are savvy coupon shoppers who like to trade and are willing to swap coupons for better deals. Coupon traders can be found online at a coupon club. While I have my favorites there are numerous online shoppers and it is a billion-dollar industry.

This is a few of the online coupon sites that I enjoy:

Wine tags are coupons that are not in all states. The coupon can be lifted from around the bottleneck and used now or later. Do not let the name throw you it is not necessarily a coupon for wine. If wine tags are not legal in your state then you may not want to trade for them because they may not be legal for your use. The coupon is usually sponsored by the beverage company but a liquor purchase may not be necessary.

Next time you are at your neighborhood pharmacy like CVS, Rite Aid, or Walgreens and they have free booklets sitting out you need to have a look inside. Many stores have booklets lying around full of coupons. Magazines are another source of coupons.

Let’s say you need more than one copy of a coupon. You can not buy coupons because it is illegal to sell them. There are people who charge for their time finding and cutting coupons. eBay can be an excellent source for coupons. Buyer beware if you buy on eBay. Check to see the sellers history before purchasing.

Once you start using coupons I must warn you, IT IS ADDICTIVE. You will suddenly start spotting coupons that you never noticed before, and all those mistakes at the register start getting noticed.

A Few Points to Think About when Selling Your Property

It is important to recognise that there is a difference between price and value. Price is the amount you are asking for the property. The buyer places value – …

It is important to recognise that there is a difference between price and value. Price is the amount you are asking for the property. The buyer places value – this point is determined by several factors;

Location – distance from local school, place of work and shopping areas.

Condition – How much work will need to be carried out on the property?

Similar properties in the same area- are you over/under valuing the property?

The target buyer – first time buyers, family house, buy to rent, etc

Some points that have an impact on the value:

The potential size impacts value, even more so than actual physical size. Empty rooms, with plain walls and little or no furniture in the rooms all combine to make the room feel bigger. If a property is empty when it is offered for sale at the time, this will help the buyer imagine ownership and add a personal touch to a empty property without looking at a wardrobe and room full of furniture. If it is not possible to do this then the seller should be absent during tours of the property and personal items such as family pictures should be hidden away.

The condition of the property will always affect the price. A property with maintained guttering, roof and rooms will always sell quicker and easier than a poorly maintained house of the same size. It is worth investing a modest amount of money in these areas, as the buyer will quickly ask to reduce the asking price if the house needs work

The smell and look of fresh paint, clean carpet or flooring, clean and clear entrance to the property – whether it has a drive or communal entrance, a clear basement, cellar and garage will give the impression of a seller who values the upkeep of the property and this small amount of extra work will pay huge dividends as the buyer can see very quickly that they do not need to spend a huge amount of work maintaining the property when they immediately move in. If it is not possible to clear the rooms then items should be stacked and sorted neatly. The kitchen and bathroom are two rooms that should be modernised or at least kept to a high standard. A property with a modern bathroom and a fitted kitchen will always sell quicker and easier than a house that needs both of these rooms updating. This is proven by Naples condo management. According to them, bathroom is very crucial to buyers.

It is worth the extra effort to make sure that all the paperwork for the property is in your or your estate agents possession and easily accessible. This will save large amounts of time – a potential buyer that has to wait an extra month whilst the seller searches for an surveyor or agent will probably pull out of the sale.

Healthy Snacks To Serve At A Kid’s Birthday Party

Dilemma, you have several children coming for a birthday party but do not want to serve them junk food. You know that you’re going to have cake so that …

Dilemma, you have several children coming for a birthday party but do not want to serve them junk food. You know that you’re going to have cake so that takes care of the sugar rush, but what else can you serve at a birthday party that won’t rot the children’s teeth out but provide them with enough energy to run around like maniacs for the next two hours. A few of our family favorites just happen to be stand-by classics. Once we start snacking we tend to forget that these items happen to be good for us.

The top of the list of birthday party snacks is of course veggies with ranch dip. Offer up things like fresh carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, olives, and celery. If you feel that the ranch dip contains too much fat, you can mix it with reduced fat or fat free sour cream. Still to rich for you then try using hummus, it comes in a variety of flavors.

Don’t leave out fruit. Kids and parents both love fresh fruit. Provide plenty of apples, oranges, grapes, pineapple, bananas, and strawberries. You can also set out a container of warm caramel dipping sauce. (They do have a fat free version.)

A nice alternative to chips and dip is salsa and tortilla chips. If the children are not into salsa and chips then try freshly popped popcorn. Just don’t get to crazy with the butter or the salt. With this snack, your visitors will definitely feel like they are eating on a casino table rentals by Aside from the fact that they are healthy, they are also inexpensive.

Trail mix is also a big hit. Just check with parents ahead of time to make sure none of the children have any nut allergies. (You can never be too careful.)

Another big hit at our house is cutting ham and provolone cheese into shapes with cookie cutters and placing them on Ritz crackers. My daughter is really fond of the heart and star shaped cookie cutters we have and we use them often. These make great birthday party snacks. They are also great for an after school snack when friends come over and can be offered in children’s lunches instead of the packages you find in the stores.

Let the kids help fix their own snacks by offering pizza bagels. They are very easy to make and can be personalized to their own unique tastes. Offer the small size bagels, split them in half, put a dab of pizza sauce and allow them to top with their favorite toppings. Try to have items on hand like mozzarella cheese, diced pepperonis, and sliced olives. Pop them in the oven until the cheese is melted and there you have a nice warm snack.

A great treat instead of ice cream could be yogurt. If yogurt isn’t a big hit, you could always pour fresh juice like orange juice into Popsicle molds and put them in the freezer ahead of time. Allow plenty of time for the Popsicle to freeze.

You can even sneak healthy things into the cake like carrots or zucchini without the children knowing it.

Remember healthy doesn’t mean that it tastes bad. Some children are never served these items at home or just plain flat refuse to eat things that are good for them. Once they see other children eating the healthy snacks that are served at the birthday party, they’ll want to give them a try for themselves.

Art of Managing Your Time and Content on Facebook

Are you someone who struggles to find time for social media? Here are few simple tips on managing your time and getting the most out of your Facebook engagement. …

Are you someone who struggles to find time for social media? Here are few simple tips on managing your time and getting the most out of your Facebook engagement.

  1. Draw A Plan!

Before you post on Facebook have a goal in mind of what you are trying to accomplish.

Create a weekly short list of 3-5 items you want to post. Include interesting quotes, links to videos or links to articles that you find helpful. Having a plan cuts down on time wasted on unnecessary tasks.

Try adding current events or news that occurs during the week that complements or offers additional insight to your posts. I get New York Times news alerts that come directly to my blackberry. This is a great resource for up to the minute news content.

  1. Post often! Post quality!

Set a goal for daily or weekly posts. Most experts will tell you to post daily to your facebook page, while others may say 2-3 times per week. However, it really depends on your audience. You have to gauge how responsive your audience is to the messages you put out.

The quality of the post makes the greatest impact rather than the quantity. If you’re flooding your audience with multiple posts per day, make sure they are interesting and add value.

  1. Make It Your Daily Routine

Can you remember a time when you didn’t have email ?

Now email is a normal part of business communication.

In the same way Social Media engagement or communicating with your customers online is now a regular part of doing business. Set aside time to post questions or comments just like you would to answer emails.

  1. Post Content that Engages Fans

Ask yourself, what type of content does my audience typically respond to?

What tone of voice does the audience prefer? humor, sarcasm, inspiration etc.?

Most of my posts are a combination of interesting quotes, motivational, current news and educational. I’ve found that fans are most responsive when you are personable. Fans also respond when you offer solutions or reference resources for overcoming personal growth and business challenges.

  1. Determine If You Need Help

If you find that you have little time to manage your work load and post to Facebook, consider getting help. Some businesses may have multiple social media accounts, yet little time to manage them. If you don’t have additional staff to take this on, consider hiring help to manage your updates. Remember delegation is a good thing!

Interacting with fans on Social Media can be fun if you take the time to plan how often and what you post.

Keep in mind fans are interested in hearing what you have to say. Otherwise they never would have followed you. The key is to engage them by posting content that aligns with their interests.

To conclude, take care that you don’t resort to cheap tactics and vulgar content so as to increase your fanbase as that is quite an immoral thing to do and may lead innocent youngsters astray be it facebook, twitter or instagram. If you want to buy real instagram followers, then it should be through good content and organic means and not through notoriety and unethical conduct.