Say ‘adieu’ to 2002 in Vegas style

Dec 30, 2002 11:26 PM

   They save the best for last! As 2002 draws to a close, the biggest and the best of all Las Vegas freebies and cheapies is on the way this evening in the form of Las Vegas fireworks as we ring in the New Year. The Strip will play host to “America’s Party” on New Year’s Eve by presenting the largest fireworks display ever launched in the US.

   Twelve Strip casinos will blast fireworks from their rooftops in rapid succession at the stroke of midnight to welcome in the 2003 New Year. While the cost to watch the spectacular event is free to the public, the pyrotechnics extravaganza is said to be costing the city and the casinos a whopping $500,000! The display is expected to last about eight minutes. Thousands of locals, guests and tourists are expected to line up on the Strip to watch the free show.

   At the same time, while not free, the Fremont Street Experience, downtown will be hosting the “World’s Largest Dance Party.” Tickets to the downtown party are $30 and entertainment will be provided by 38 Special, and last year’s stars of the show, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, along with several other local area bands. Inquire about last minute tickets and additional information by calling 1- 702-678-5777.

   Things in Las Vegas turn a little slower after New Year’s Eve, usually up until Super Bowl time. But there is another free major event being held at Sunset Station that you won’t want to miss. Have you ever wondered if you really can beat the casinos? Sunset Station will be hosting a three day series of seminars entitled, “How to Beat the House,” from January 17-19, presented by experts and masters of the games.

   The free seminars and lecture series includes the nation’s top gaming writers, strategists, race and sports handicappers, and even representatives from the top slot manufacturers, explaining how slot and video poker machines work.

   Approximately 50 seminars are scheduled over the course of the three days and guests can select which classes they would like to attend. Expected guest speakers and lecturers include: Jean Scott (Queen of Comps and The Frugal Gambler), Anthony Curtis (Las Vegas Advisor and Huntington Press), Max Rubin (Comp City), Michael Shackleford (The Wizard of Odds), Barney Vinson (Chip-Wrecked in Las Vegas and Behind the Table), Bob Dancer (Million Dollar Video Poker, author and instructor), Jeffrey Compton (slot club expert, author) and Steve Bourie (American Casino Guide).

   Other participants include Ernie Kaufman discussing sports betting; Earl Sklar will cover horse racing and Bill McBride will lecture on the greyhounds. Still other notable speakers in attendance will be Dan Paymar on video poker, Lou Kreiger on live poker and Stanley Roberts covering Blackjack topics.

   To register for the seminars and convention, contact Sunset Station at 1-888-786-7389, or locally at 1-702-547-7777. You may also register online at their website, Each of the guest speakers will also have a booth set-up with their products, books, software and information available for purchase.

   Best wishes for a safe, happy and healthy New Year!

   Until next time, “Eat well, play well, stay well.”