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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Play No-Limit in Las Vegas

Sin City has finally grown into its New York West ambitions, with real star chefs–in–residence, Broadway-worthy shows, even a marathon.


1. Where to Stay

The extravagant heated pools at Bellagio (left) and Wynn.  

If poker is a priority, go to the Bellagio (from $179). The posh hotel has the city’s premier large poker venue and the smaller, exclusive high-stakes Bobby’s Room, frequented by the likes of Doyle Brunson and Gus Hansen.

Find flashy, new-hotel hype at the Wynn (from $179). You’re still on the Strip, but with a nicer room and sharper service.

Feeling Entourage? L.A. glamour—the 29 villas, the pool, the gym, the butler, and the chauffered Maybach or stretch limos—costs between $5,000 to $15,000 a night at the Mansion at MGM Grand (702-891-1210).

Removed just far enough from the din and gambling, the Four Seasons Hotel (from $245) is Vegas’ best “regular” hotel (read: no casino), with friendly service, taxis on demand, and plugged-in concierges.

For Old Vegas atmosphere, Binion’s (from $39.95 a night, online special through Nov. 30) is a no-brainer: faded décor, low-stakes craps, the quintessential downtown coffee shop, and the birthplace of the World Series of Poker.

Vegas’ best mid-priced bet is the Mirage (from $99), melding quality cardplay with decent rooms and restaurants ranging from the casual California Pizza Kitchen to the newly opened Japonais.

Oct 11, 2006 issue of New York Magazine

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