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If you have to gamble, do it fast and do it social: craps, roulette, a sports bet, a 45-minute round of blackjack you set a timer to. I zen out at the poker tables for hours and miss out on too much. If you have to power nap, do it right before dinner. Otherwise, you should be able — and this is medically proven — to stimulate yourself constantly so you don't need sleep. Keep moving. Don't do more than one thing in each hotel, so you can see them all and establish a pattern of constant movement. Think of yourself as on the run from the cops at all times.

Every half-hour between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and every 15 minutes from then 'til midnight, an 8.5-acre lake in the middle of the desert explodes with 1,214 spritzers shooting water up to 460 feet in the air — the water rockets and dances, perfectly choreographed to Frank Sinatra or Gene Kelly or "One Singular Sensation" from A Chorus Line.

 And yet, for some reason, it doesn't feel all that gay, which is quite a feat.

Even though it's expensive, cuts three hours out of your evening and sounds really boring, it's actually really cool and totally Vegas, despite its French Canadian origins — you can see Elton John anywhere, after all. The Cirque hires former Olympic gymnasts to catapult themselves all over the stage, risking their lives in outlandish costumes just for your amusement. I was in the Cirque offices once, and saw several people enter on crutches or in casts to collect their checks. If Wayne Newton ever ends up on crutches, I'll go see him.

All the Cirque shows are similarly good — and pricey, at up to $165 a ticket — but LOVE and LE REVE are the best.

The Rio Hotel has a deal with the Sapphire Club, so that one of the hotel's  pool is populated by off-duty dancers; but the scene doesn't seem to have gelled yet — it's just a bunch of dudes paying ($50 on weekends) to ogle strippers getting a tan.

You can't miss the stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower, for a great view, the tallest freestanding observation tower in the USA. It also houses the world's highest thrill rides, and the tallest controlled free fall in the world.

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