Every year the Las Vegas Review-Journal conducts a poll of its readers on the best of Las Vegas in a variety of categories.
The results of the poll were recently published and included some surprises.
The staff of the paper also has an internal poll and the results of it were reported in the same story, where there were significant differences.
The quantity of categories is so huge I'm surprised anyone could find time to enter all of their preferences. So I'll just skim over the poll results and present data in categories that might be helpful to us Southern Californians.
The best resort in Las Vegas polling was perhaps the biggest surprise with Bellagio, the perennial favorite in the past several years, passed over by both readers and staff. Readers chose the Las Vegas Cosmopolitan while the staff selected Caesars Palace.
The new Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, the most expensive, was selected by the staff but the readers selected the Feast Buffet at any of the Stations casinos.
The readers' poll gave the award to the Golden Nugget while the staff chose The D, the newly renovated and renamed Fitzgerald's.
Readers chose The Mob Museum while the staff sided with the Neon Museum, both in the downtown area.
This is the only major category on which the staff and the readers agreed, as both placed the Marquee Nightclub at the Las Vegas Cosmopolitan at the top of the list.
This was also a surprise as neither the readers nor the staff selected a restaurant at any of the top resorts with world renowned chefs. Instead the readers went for Todd's Unique Dining while the staff selected Tables 4 Two.
Amusement Ride: Exotics Racing (Las Vegas Motor Speedway)
Arcade: Hi Score Barcade (65 S. Stephanie St.)
Bargain Show: Mac King Comedy Magic Show (Harrah's Las Vegas)
Cirque du Soleil Show: Ka (MGM Grand)
Big Concert Venue: The Joint (at Hard Rock Resort)
Bingo: South Point
Day Club: Encore Beach Club
Free Show: Bellagio Conservatory and Botanic Gardens
Nightclub: Marquee Nightclub & Day Club (Las Vegas Cosmopolitan)
Family Attraction: Adventuredome
Blackjack: The D
Casino Cocktails: The D
Cocktail Waitresses: The D
Craps Tables: The D
Hotel Pool: Golden Nugget
Hotel Room Value: The D
Hotel Room: Bellagio
Local Hotel: The Cannery
Paying Slots:The D
Poker Room: Orleans
Locals Casino: Red Rock Resort
All Around Performer: Terry Fator
Comedian: Carrot Top
Show: Terry Fator
Attraction: Fountains of Bellagio
So do you agree with the Review-Journal's choices. Let us know what you think in the comments.