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To the tune of Lenny Kravitz’s Fly Away, the leggy dancers provide the strip tease of the century to the lucky man.

The smile on his face says it all – he didn’t need slot machines to win today’s jackpot.

However, when mid-show comic Nancy Ryan takes the stage I stop drooling and sink back into my chair, eager to be targeted.

Not everybody escapes the wrath of Nancy’s brutal wit.

Straight away she heckles a couple of young men sitting together in the front row – the verbal onslaught is brutal and hilarious. I’m just glad it wasn’t me. 

Food, glorious food

Vegas is more than just gambling, shotgun weddings, neon lights and glamorous showgirls. Believe it or not, it also houses some of the best chefs and restaurants in the world.

But in keeping with the spirit of excess, it’s for the resorts’ all-you-can-eat buffets that Sin City dining is really known.

For food lovers, a Vegas buffet, which typically features piles of everything from lobster claws to smoked salmon and enchiladas to pizza, is a great culinary experience, including dishes from diverse cuisines all on one spread.

For others, it’s simply a great way to eat yourself through a hangover and generally make a pig of yourself.


I’ve been doing the latter at eateries across town such as The Spice Market in Planet Hollywood, The Bellagio Buffet and Rio’s World Carnival Buffet.

For better or worse, the piles of cheap casino grub of yesteryear are long gone so prices are around the £25 mark – still not bad for as much gourmet fare as you can stuff down.

And everything here is excessive, so it’s totally acceptable to leave the buffet feeling like a beached whale.

On my final morning I literally roll out of bed and land on the floor. Vegas has lived up to every expectation, but I’m exhausted and I have little memory of the night before – which could be a very bad thing.

I anxiously peer under the bed and see stacks of casino chips scattered about on the floor. Cha-ching!

After spending days on the tables trying to pile up the pennies I’m ultimately in the black. I can’t help myself.

I dance around and scream that old Vegas victory cry I‘ve been longing to shout since the moment I arrived – “Winner winner chicken dinner!”I’m finally content to leave Vegas. 

When to go: It’s pretty much high season year-round in Vegas – the weather is always warm or hot and most activities take place indoors anyway.

March-May has the most comfortable temperatures, in the mid-20˚Cs, while in the hottest months, July and August, the mercury often hits 40˚C+. 

Currency: £1= US$1.60

Accommodation: Golden Gate is a vintage casino hotel on Fremont Street, stuffed with quirky Vegas-themed Victoriana, such as antique slot machines, Double rooms start from £20pn.  


Golden Nugget Casino

Grand Canyon helicopter tours cost from £175pp with Grand Canyon Tour Company  

Tickets to X Burlesque cost £35pp  

Planning a trip to Sin City? Look no further than TNT Tour Search!


Photos: Thinkstock; Getty


Vegas, where everyone's a sinner: Dive into a world of glitzy casinos, glam showgirls and Elvis impersonators
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