Amazing Meeting 2013 at South Point Casino
My wife Rose and I are Las Vegas locals, and we have visited South Point to check out the facilities several times over the last few years. This collection of images and notes should give you a realistic view of what to expect. Of course, each year is different and there are always surprises during your amazing trip to Las Vegas so keep in mind this should simply be informational and your experience may vary.
South Point is several miles from the major casinos you may be familiar with and is approximately 7 miles to Mandalay Bay at the start of “The Strip,” for example.
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Taxis – Typically this is the most cost effective for groups of 4 people and have less waits than shuttles. Just look for the taxi signs at the baggage terminal or any hotel lobby. Taxi’s do not typically pick up on the street when flagged.
Don’t be taken for a sucker – Use your smartphone to get directions by GPS enable traffic layers. Most cabs do not use GPS for various reasons. Ask about it on the way to your hotel for entertainment value.
Strip Traffic can back up quickly and the direct route may not always be the least expensive. In taxis and limos, time is money.
Las Vegas cabs and taxis charge $4.00-6.00 credit card fees and may charge additional fees for airport trips. Plan accordingly.
McCarran International Airport, 5757 Wayne Newton Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA
South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa is located at:
9777 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89183
6.9 miles / about 14 mins
Add. Metered Fare
McCarran Airport Fee
Estimated Taxi Fare
Popular Taxi Fare Estimates for Las Vegas, NV
- McCarran International Airport (LAS) to MGM Grand Las Vegas: $18.49
- McCarran International Airport (LAS) to Bellagio: $19.38
- McCarran International Airport (LAS) to Mandalay Bay: $18.46
- McCarran International Airport (LAS) to ARIA Resort & Casino: $18.31
- McCarran International Airport (LAS) to Treasure Island: $20.98
- McCarran International Airport (LAS) to Monte Carlo Resort & Casino: $18.72
- McCarran International Airport (LAS) to Luxor Hotel: $17.79
- McCarran International Airport (LAS) to Hard Rock: $14.04
- McCarran International Airport (LAS) to Stratosphere: $24.12
Estimates according to Taxi Fare Finder
Car Rentals - There are too many to list. Typically rates are less expensive away from the airport and you may not need a car due to the many full days of amazing events. A good skeptic should be able to do the math based on your particular needs.
Public Transit – Fairly comfortable but not suggested from the airport.
Bus trip planner – http://www.rtcsnv.com/transit/
Rates vary based on route. Expect tourist destinations to have a higher cost. http://www.rtcsnv.com/transit/fare-information/
Walking – DO NOT ATTEMPT
Unless you are conditioned to the heat walking/exercise, it is strongly discouraged. Heat stroke or death is possible.
Southpoint Strip Shuttle – (Not Airport) The cost per passenger is $8 (cash only) and is valid for one round trip ride to the strip and back on the date of purchase only. Space in limited, based on availability. Please call 702-889-4242 for more information or click http://www.southpointcasino.com/hotel/strip-shuttle-schedule.php
Sunscreen and lots of water is how locals survive in the desert. Expect temperature ranges of 105 -120 F. -which is 40.6 – 48.89 C. outside and a uv index of 10. Casino temps are a cool 77- 78 F.25.5 °C
Always be sure to consume some liquids other than alcohol.
Water Fountains are few and far between but bottled water is always available for a price. Shopping at convenience stores before arriving at the hotel may save considerable cost.
South Point And Convention Area
Plenty of parking right in front of the hotel with valet available for those arriving by car. Bus and Taxi stands are in front of the hotel.
The Casino (Main) Floor plan is very simple and easy to navigate and the second floor is split into common areas and the convention space. A current floorplan [pdf] is located at http://www.southpointcasino.com/pressroom/presskit/floorplan.pdf
Look for this Binion Statue near the Cafe and Convention information is clearly posted on the wall.
The convention area is on the second floor with easy access by stairs, elevator or, my personal favorite, escalator.
Once on the second floor, you are presented with convention info again.
A large reception and registration area. Great for chit chats and networking. Visit the window to receive your passes or to reach the helpful JREF staff.
Have something to say? Take it lo-tech with the whiteboard in the main conference area.
Pro-tip – The phone center has 6 power outlets in the back, several phones and networking access. Otherwise Power is very restricted and battery packs are suggested for live bloggers.
Inside, a sample conference room seems spacious with tables and padded chairs.
ATM and Banking
South Point ATM fees are $3.00 which is cheap by Las Vegas standards. All matter of banking and card types are accepted.
Gaming and Comps
Sign up for the hotel club card if you will be gaming or using the hotel facilities to receive discount and comps (complimentary gifts).
Pro-tip to Hotel Guests – charge everything to your room and settle your bill at the end of the trip to give the hotel an opportunity to comp an item.
Coupon Book with discounts available at check in includes:
One Free Cocktail at Any South Point Casino Bar
50% Off at Garden Buffet – Any Meal – Any Day
Free Bottle of The “Wine of the Month” With the Purchase of 2 Entrees at Silverado Steakhouse
Free dessert with entree at Don Vito’s
Free dessert with entree at Primarily Prime Rib
Free Margarita with dinner entree at Baja Miguel’s
10% Of at Zenshin when spending $20 or more
Free Cup of Soup with the purchase of entree at the Big Sur Oyster Bar
15% Off a $10 or more purchase at the Del Mar Deli
Free Entry to Nitelife in the Showroom
Buy one, Get one Free Bowling Games (up to 3)
Free Souvenir in the Gift Shop
10% Off at Seattle’s Best
Free Junior Popcorn with purchase of movie ticket at Century
$20 off Boots over $100 at Boot Barn
Odds and Skeptics
Every good skeptic knows the casino has an odds edge in all games. The bests odds are in Video Poker and table Blackjack but game variations can be tricky so keep your wits about you. The good news is people do win and it could be your day.
Celebrities and Book Signings
There are set book and memorabilia signing times for official TAM authors and celebrities but many will sign anytime if asked politely and without interrupting others. The same goes for ‘net’ famous individuals.
Food and Entertainment
There are many places to eat at South Point and to satisfy hungers of all types. South Point is a Pepsi products hotel but Coke fans can visit the Del Mar Deli or Steak N’ Shake which serves Coke Products due to contractual obligations.
The real action will be at the Del Mar Lounge, a very open bar area inside of the casino anytime. 21 and over only. The Del Mar features lots of TV options and a convenient Sports Book.
Cheap Drinks and Specials in the Guest Coupon Book.
Penn’s Bacon Donut Party
Bring some cash to donate to JREF then party with Penn and The No God Band featuring Heather Henderson of Ardent Atheist and Skeptically Yours.
Expect to be rocked, offended, sticky and greasy.
The United Church of Bacon will be on hand to indoctrinate you all with many gifts and surprises in store. Check out their booth at TAM or visit the website and sign up to become part of our fight for church state separation and equality.
My lovely wife Rose, co-founder of The Coming Out Godless Project and United Church of Bacon recommends a vanilla bean frozen yogurt in a waffle cone to beat the heat. Follow her on Twitter (@RosyEyes) and Google Plus.
Feel free to follow me on Twitter (@broze) and Google Plus or say hi at TAM 2013. I’ll probably be in the Del Mar Bar and my drink of choice is a Salty Dog.