all web sites are created equal. In fact, some suck.
We've spent thousands
of our employers' hours scouring the Internet for the the
pearls out of swines' mouths. The result is our list list
of useful Las Vegas sites. The following is the Big
Empire's officially sanctioned list of useful web
sites dedicated to Las Vegas. Stop in, say hello, tell them
that we sent you. If you found a useful site you think we
missed (but not your own), let us know.
Las Vegas Information
Las Vegas - This site is a repository for information
about the old, better Las Vegas (you know, the one that
didn't look like a shopping mall). It is also promoting
a couple of documentaries about the good old days when you
were treated like a king, but could also get buried in the
Today and Tomorrow - A fine site that shows you
where the city has been and where it's going. Good photos
and updates on new projects in the city, both condo and
Paradise - a nice collection of photos of Las Vegas
and the Valley, sorted by region.
Vegas - Read trip reports, reviews and see photographs
of the Las Vegas hotels and casinos.
Vegas Strip History - This site's a knockout! If
you are interested in the history of the Las Vegas Strip,
including the casinos that are no more, or what used to
be where, you need to check out this site.
Vegas Tourism Authority - Much more dazzling than
your average Chamber of Commerce's page. Good information,
even if it is sanctioned by family-friendly Las Vegas.
Vegas Online - Sure it's ugly, but so are we, and
we still consider ourselves fine companions. A great reference
with tourist reviews of buffets and accommodations. See
how poorly our favorite places scored.
Vegas Review Journal - This is one of the two local
papers. Neither is much to sneeze on, but they usually have
the latest, greatest news about Vegas.
Vegas Sun - The other local newspaper. It ain't
the New York Times, but it has more news about Las Vegas.
- CmdrMark has lots of interesting trip reports and tons
of good information about the natural beauty surrounding
the unnatural beauty of Las Vegas. Want info on Red Rocks
or Mt. Charleston? Then ask CmdrMark.
of Odds - Get past the too many ads and you'll find
a site with great math and probability data about loads
of different games. There are strategy tables, comparisons
and some pretty cool real-world tests.
Info - We take issue with some of the color choices
on this site, but the blackjack advice is top shelf, so
that makes up for the green background that makes us kind
of woozy. The site features a blackjack basic strategy engine,
where you can enter the particulars of the game you're going
to play (do they hit soft 17? can you resplit aces?), and
tailors a strategy card to those rules. There is also a
really fantastic customizable basic strategy trainer in
the form of a free Flash game. These guys have nothing on
"Lucky Ned," but if
you're after "good advice" based on "math,"
then go ahead.
Las Vegas - Not exactly our tastes. They seem to
looooove everything. But, the newsletter comes regularly
and it links to a lot of news articles about Las Vegas,
including reviews of restaurants and shows
Hundy by Midnight
- I get the podcasts confused, but they all have a couple
of people talking in somewhat bored-sounding voices about
Las Vegas. They know their stuff, though, and they love
classic Las Vegas.
Strip Podcast - Again, a podcast hosted by someone
who doesn't sound that excited about doing it. But, he knows
his stuff and you can download his voice right into your
iPod. Maybe it's great for listening to on the flight into
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