Taking The Kids To A Den Of Iniquity

I've finally figured out how to win in Vegas. Skip the casinos and head to the lower level of the Excalibur Hotel/Casino, or the arcade level of the Luxor Hotel, or the Grand Slam Canyon at Circus Circus Hotel & Casino. At any of several arcades in the newest family-oriented hotels along the Strip you'll find the carnival-style games of skill that usually seem to require impossible luck or dexterity to win: tossing coins on plates, pitching baseballs at bottles, throwing darts, catapulting stuffed witches into pots. In Vegas' arcades, kids and the child-hearted can actually win at these things. At the end of a recent trip, my wife and I found ourselves lugging enough plush toys to the airport to keep nieces and nephews supplied with gifts for a year, including a three-foot-high purple dragon, a big furry raccoon, and a huge pink pig with wings. We had to check the pig.

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