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The Trippies Are Coming!

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 30th September 2009 3:56am
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Trippies 2009

I know I say this every goddamn year, but this time I really mean it... I can't believe that it's already been a year since we did the 2008 Trippies nomination cycle!

If you told me 16 months ago that in 2009, Bellagio would be commanding nightly room rates comparable to what Bill's was offering, I would've wet myself laughing.

If you told me that nearly every casino company would flirt with bankruptcy in 2009, and that almost every construction project would buckle under the weight of rickety financing, I would've had to change my Huggies.

If you told me that Planet Hollywood would be a success, you better do it while passing the man-Pampers.

The last 12 months haven't been good to Las Vegas, but they've been great to those of us who taken advantage of recession era pricing. As high rollers stayed home to lick their financial wounds, we cheapskates got the keys to the five star kingdom at rates we used to pay at the Flamingo.

All this adds up to a greater pool of Vegas knowledge and experience, held by a smaller pool of Trippers. We don't expect this years Trippies to be a larger sampling of the Best and Worst that Las Vegas offered in 2009, but instead a smarter one.

Voting in The Trippies are a two part process. Stage one - which begins October 15th and ends November 1st - is the Nomination phase. Here, readers are invited to submit their nominations for various categories. The top 5 nominees in each category move on to stage two - the final voting process - which begins November 15th and ends on December 15th 2009. The nominee with the highest number of votes in each category is declared the winner. All winners will be announced in a live, booze filled webcast on Saturday January 9th, 2010.

Some things to keep in mind while you begin pondering what you would like to nominate for each category:
1) We are completely re-doing the categories
2) This is supposed to be fun. It is not a competition
3) Anyone can nominate
4) Ballot stuffers will be shot on sight
5) If you ________ we'll make you _______ Wayne Newton's _______ .

Check out previous Trippies Award Winners here.



Comments & Discussion:

Damn right we got the keys to the five star kingdoms.....I've been running room rates for a week at all the nice hotels and here's what I've come up with:
All prices include tax, tag, and title
7 nights @ Encore (standard suite) $1224.16
7 nights @ Vdara (standard suite) $1145.76
7 nights @ Caesars Palace (Augustus room) $1275.88 (includes line pass to PURE)
7 nights @ Venetian (standard suite) $1300.01 $25 free play and $100 in on-site dining credits

Some of these were used with a promo code available to the general public, but either way, these prices (especially for Encore) are WAY lower than they normally would be if the economy was doing what it's supposed to.

I will be there!

I heart a post that ends with a Mad Lib game.

Does this mean Circus Circus will not sweep the "Worst of" category?

At this point, any Trippies won by Circus Circus is definitely a case of beating a dead horse. Perhaps it is time to retire their name from consideration since they typically run away with some of the "worst" categories.

Ha ha - let IP and the Strat battle it out!

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