These websites are what we think you will find the most useful in terms of enjoying Las Vegas that much more - from the lunacy of Scott Roeben at Vital Vegas, to the news updates from Travel Zork, we think that these are the Las Vegas resource websites that you will enjoy the most.
So, in no particular order...
We love Scott Roeben's WTF-ness! The guy is a font of knowledge about all things Vegas, but throw in the fact that he's a great writer, podcaster, photographer, raconteur, very witty, and you can forgive the guy for being awful at accents and barely sober. His photo adorns the walls of Captain Morgan head office having been their #1 customer since 2009.
Tweet him at @VitalVegas.
Wins our award for:
Adam Bauer is another great Las Vegas blogger and podcaster who specializes in helping those on a budget traveling to Vegas to get the best bang for their buck. He calls himself a fan, not an expert, but we think differently and have often found great information on his site.
Tweet him at @VegasFanboy.
Wins our award for:
Travel Vegas is a great site if you're looking to get discounts on hotels (including meals at hotel restaurants etc.) and Vegas shows in particular. Not only that, they have an excellent blog, written by Vegas experts, Marc Meltzer, Kerry Veith and Brendon Schnecker, that is a match for almost any other Vegas blog out there. A useful site on several levels.
Tweet them at @TravelVegas.
Wins our award for:
Marc Meltzer gets around. At current count, he's either responsible, or partly responsible for at least three of the sites in this collection of Vegas resources. His Edge Vegas site is a great way to get introduced to his writing style and his excellent coverage of the Vegas restaurant and bar scenes in particular.
Tweet him at @MeltzVegas.
Wins our award for:
Wins our award for:
When we first saw the Gamboool website, we couldn't believe it. There's just so much of it - and it's rather great, too. Steve Beauregard, the guy behind Gamboool is a machine - and someone that we can only hope to emulate by sheer hard work on this site. The guy even has a full-time job, yet finds the time to produce such an array of useful and interesting content about Vegas.
Wins our award for:
David Schwartz is one clever guy. Not only does he teach history at UNLV, he directs the Center for Gaming Research as well as finding the time to write for Vegas Seven magazine, as well as keeping this blog ticking along. Oh, he's also the author of several books about Las Vegas and gambling! A lot of the content on this blog points toward articles that he has written for other sources, but the site is a great way to keep up with the many goings on that David has.
Tweet him at @drdave702.
Matt and Brandy, the married couple that produce the WKV site know what great content is and write excellent tips and maintain a really useful blog for people traveling to Sin City. Their 'what we know' section is particularly strong.
Tweet them at @weknowlasvegas.
To all intents and purposes, we shouldn't like Las Vegas Eater. It's a subdomain of eater.com, therefore not an out and out Las Vegas site. However, the content is just way too good for us to leave it out of our collection of resources. It's a huge site that has still kept its soul and is a genuine resource of all things food in the city. Has something new every time that you visit.
Tweet them at @EaterVegas.
Created by Michael Movestro, following the demise of VegasChatter, Vegas Bright has become a great source of news and views for newbies to Vegas and Vegas regulars and experts, too. Michael also produces a podcast with regular trip reports and views about how Vegas should operate. This is very fast becoming a top site in the Vegas ecosystem.
Tweet him at @VegasBrightSite.
A very well-rounded, useful, informative and fun podcast about Las Vegas. Mark Wojtowicz has a real handle on the going ons within Las Vegas and he and his fellow podcasters make for a really enjoyable show that covers pretty much everything that Vegas can offer. We are regular and avid listeners.
Tweet them at @360vegas.
Jean Scott certainly knows how to save money in Vegas. An author of several books on being frugal in casino land, Scott is extremely knowledgeable about her subject matter. From tax advice for gamblers, to playing optimally on various machines to getting the best comps possible, Scott should be one of your first options when trying to save money on your next journey to Vegas.
For a corporate blog, Caesars' Las vegas Blog is quite good. Whilst we're sure that the team behind the blog have to work to very strict brand guidelines, they manage to pull of posts that add to the Vegas experience - especially to those who have caught the content via a web search or social media link and are not aware that it's an actual corporate blog, subliminally guiding you towards one of their hotel properties. To pull that off requires some good work and they seem to have done so.
Tweet them at @TotalVegasBlog.
A granddaddy of the Vegas web scene is Chuckmonster's Vegas Tripping site, a community of fervent Vegas enthusiasts. Whether you need to know how much salt they put on the fries at BurGR, or what are the best slots at Gold Coast, the community will answer your questions within a very short space of time. There may be some disagreements on the way, but on the whole, Vegas Tripping is the friendliest bunch of enthusiasts you'll find in many a forum. But the forum is not the start and end of the site - from latest news, hotel reviews and the Trippies awards, the site is a labyrinth of great content that can see many hours disappear from your life without you knowing.
Tweet them at @vegastripping.
Any publication that has David G Schwartz as a writer should be full of intelligent, thought-provoking, entertaining content about Las Vegas - and guess what, Vegas Seven is exactly that. Whilst we are mostly interested in the gaming and hospitality sections that Schwartz is responsible for, the rest of the content is usually always an excellent way to get to know Vegas better.
Tweet them at @7vegas.
VegasGuy.com was one of the inspirations for the site that you're on right now. Nice, simple layout, quality content (we try) and reviews of Las Vegas hotels. We wish Jack and the team would produce more content these days, but what they have there already is well worth a read, especially for Vegas virgins.
Tweet them at @vegasguydotcom.
If you want up to the minute Vegas news and content, then you cannot go wrong with Vegas 24 Seven. Frequency of output is phenomenal and these guys are in the know with most of the insiders at hotels and casinos Vegaswide (we just made that word up and we like it).
Tweet them at @Vegas24Seven.
Much like Las Vegas Eater, also in this collection of Vegas resources, TravelZork is not a strictly Vegas-only website. However, its Las Vegas section is very good indeed. And guess what, Marc Meltzer helms the Vegas section up. Man that guy is everywhere and his TravelZork Sunday Vegas news roundups are a healthy part of our Vegas week.
Tweet them at @TravelZork.
If you're doing Vegas on the cheap, then Cheapo Vegas is a great resource. Not only for hotels, but they have an array of promo codes for shows, restaurants and more. We've used this resource over and over for almost every Vegas trip we do now.
Tweet them at @VegasCasinoBoy.
If you want to know what's happening in Vegas in the fastest possible time, then Best of Vegas is always a good way to do so. The layout of their homepage covers all the basics that you would want to know, such as latest hotel deals, what shows are on, nightclub offers, tour deals and so on.
Tweet them at @bestofvegas.
Although we have to admit that we preferred Las Vegas Direct before its recent redesign, the content on the site is still very much some of the best around. One example being their hotel resort fee guides. The site has now become more commercial, which, of course, you cannot blame anyone for, but it's lost a teeny bit of the spit and sawdust that we liked it for in the first place. But once again, some of the finest content on the web about Las Vegas shows and hotels.
Tweet them at @LasVegasDirect.
It's Meltzer time again, folks. Marc has also created a useful site about getting upgrades at Las Vegas hotels using the $20 Dollar Trick. The site lists reviews of Vegas hotel guests that have tried the trick, how they tried it and whether they were successful or not. A real gem of a site.
A loveletter to Downtown Las Vegas is DLTV - and a nice, well-packaged love letter it is, too. Content from David G. Schwartz, Al Mancini, Jessie O'Brien and Zoneil Maharaj among others means you know you're in for a great reading experience.
Tweet them at @DTLVFans.
Tim and Michele Dressen have been recording their weekly podcast for over 200 years. The multi-award winning show covers Vegas in all of it's glory, but they're not afraid to hit Vegas where it hurts, when it's hurting it's customers. The podcast is usually a gentle listen, with plenty of laughs, some bickering, but generally a great way to keep on top of Vegas news scoops.
Tweet them at @fivehundy.
Smarter Vegas does all of the finding when it comes to offers from shows, hotels, restaurants and museums etc, so that you don't have to. If you sign up as a member, then there are even more offers available. We use these guys a lot, especially for show offers - but wished they'd do more Downtown deals.
Despite being banned within minutes of finally joining Las Vegas 4 Ever (for posting about Lucky Dragon and them thinking it was spam), we think that Las Vegas 4 Ever is a great community of people that we sadly now have to lurk on to enjoy like the friend that doesn't like dancing at the nightclub. Maybe one day we'll be allowed back :)
Michael Bluejay, the guy behind Vegas Click, is a machine. His content prowess is enormous. He has more Vegas guides per pixel than any other site, yet Vegas Click is just one of many sites that Bluejay operates - he's a content master of many subjects and his footprint is all over the web. Some may be put off by the design of Vegas Click, but us, we love it. Information that he may have written many moons ago still holds true to this day and we salute him for it! God bless Michael Bluejay.
We love the amount of detail that has gone into Vegas Informant. A site very much like our own, it excels at the finer details, such as nightclubs and restaurants that we simply don't have the time or patience to write about. It is a site of great value and is extremely useful to Vegas stalwarts and newbies alike.
The official site of the Fremont Street Experience is a concise, yet informative site that sings the virtues of Downtown Las Vegas without BS, but with plenty of direction. You won't find out the life story of each hotel Downtown, but you will find out which hotels you may like as well as live events happening soon and things to do. A pretty useful, if lean, site.
Tweet them at @fselv.
Vegas 4 Visitors is a really underrated site in our opinion. It's been around for over SEVENTEEN years and has some of the best Vegas detail on the web. It's one of those 'rabbit hole' sites that you can get lost in for hours. Our hat's are off to any site that survives for such a long time, especially one that is still producing excellent content to this day.
Though we're not the biggest foodies, here at ROVH, we like to keep our ear to the ground and John Curtas' words are always very entertaining, delivering some of the snappiest of Vegas content. In fact, we're eagerly waiting for Eating Las Vegas 2017 to arrive in the post as we write this.
Tweet him at @eatinglasvegas.
Vegas Message Board is a warm, friendly board of Vegas-geeks (like ourselves) and there are so many hidden gems of information on this site that it would take you a million years to discover them all.
If nightclubbing, EDM and DJs are your thing, then perhaps the most comprehensive site is SPYONvegas. Not only can you search by date, you can search by DJ, too and if you're very lucky, Tiësto will be on the night that you intend to party until dawn! The site also has cornered the market of taking photos of hot girls at Vegas nightclub venues, if that's appealing to you (it is to us!).
Tweet them at @spyonvegas.
Another granddaddy of the Vegas information scene, Access Vegas belongs to a series of 'Access' sites of other cities, but of course, this is our favorite. The 'Premium Access' service is excellent and very much worth it in our opinion - but there's great content on the site with or without it.
Tweet them at @accessvegas.
The Vegas Tourist is a popular podcast by Marc and Debbie Anthony, alongside a website of the same name, that has been around for over 10 years. With regular news updates and insightful guides, it's another great Vegas resource. As we add this resource, episode #224 of the podcast has been released.
Tweet them at @thevegastourist.
It is not for us to preach, but anyone of us could be stricken at any time through addiction or to become homeless, hungry and in need, and the Las Vegas Rescue Mission helps those in the city that have succumbed to one of those fates. To understand Vegas is to understand the sad parts, too.
Tweet them at @LVRescueMission.
You want high-brow? We've got high-brow. The UNLV Gaming Podcast covers topics of such grandeur that we feel far too undeserving to be even mentioning it on our site. Our old friend, David G Schwartz is one of the people behind it, too.
Tweet them at @unlvgaming.
Las Vegas Advisor is the website of Anthony Curtis' monthly newsletter, which has been in circulation since 1983. The site is full of news, with access to coupons and discounts as well some excellent guides. The excellent 'Top Ten Value' monthly feature is always a must-see for Vegas regulars.
Tweet them at @lva_tweet.
Scott and Melissa Whitney have produced the Living in Las Vegas podcast since 2006. Scott's presentation style is something that we love - it's fun when he gets into a rant - and nothing or no one is immune from his grasp. The site is in dire need of update, but the podcast rages on.
We love Vegas No Neon. When the lights and sounds of Vegas are too much, then 'Lou', the site's creator, has curated a list of excellent ways to spend time in Las Vegas that offer different sensory experiences. Most of the options are very budget friendly and it's a great antidote to what the rest of the sites in our list are offering (including our own!).
A very interesting project is Vegas Casino Walk. Matt, the creator of the site and the idea behind it, had a question - "How quickly could someone on foot visit every casino on the strip?". He then set about timing himself doing so. Current best time is 2 hours, 27 minutes. He has also now created a Downtown walk, too. Crazy, interesting, fun! Totally Vegas.
The website of the Las Vegas Pride organization covers a lot of ground, from the online magazine that they produce, to an events diary and lists of gay friendly hotels in Vegas.
Tweet them at @VegasPRIDE.
Probably the best presenting voice of all Vegas podcasters, Cousin Vito is a barrel of fun on each of his weekly podcasts. In the latest episode, as this resource is added, Scott from Vital Vegas and the VegasFanboy are both a part of the show. Cousin Vito covers some really interesting topics and concentrates on stories and interviews, rather than the latest Vegas news.
Tweet him at @VitosCasino.
Tommy Lorenzo's site is a really useful, regularly updated guide for Vegas sportsbook customers. He offers odds for various sporting events, but also reviews sportsbooks all over Vegas, making decisions for gamblers much more easier prior to their visits.
Tweet him at @sportsbooktom.
If there are any other sites that you think should be seen by those looking to improve their Las Vegas knowledge and experience, then please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.