Originally Posted by roundcat
...don't want to spend too much time on public transit since I only have two days there.
We were there in 2004 (pre-poker) and the buses are just fine, timely and plentiful. (Beware party nights, though. They get full.) Here's a link to plan your route:
We didn't try the monorail, but it looks cool, too:
I've read that the Excalibur has the best poker room for small stakes and cheap tournies. It's right up the road from the Orleans.
Don't be afraid of the bus. Be afraid of not getting to the cool poker rooms Downtown, even just to sight-see. There's Binion's Horseshoe (at least get a souvenir or a picture), the Golden Nugget, and the PokerDome where they film the MansionPoker.Net PokerDome Challenge. Then there's the Plaza, where they played the Ultimate Poker Challenge. Or even get over to the Palm's and see where the celebrities play. Whatever you have time for.
In 2004 before I started playing poker, we walked by the Horseshoe (it was closed after their tax problem) and something made me take a picture of it. After I started playing poker in 2005, I went back through the pictures and found that one. It sits right here next to me on my desk as a reminder of my goal to play there one day.