I was in Las Vegas last weekend. Saw Mike Tyson at the Bellagio buffet at lunchtime. Brushed shoulders with Rob and Amber of Survivor/Amazing Race fame walking down the strip. Realized the next day that the person learning to play blackjack at the end of the table was the winner of The Rebel Billionaire.
Vegas was packed for boxing, March Madness, and spring break. Poker is exploding. Long waits for a table. Broke even over four sessions at Excalibur and Aladdin. Bellagio is rebuilding their poker room but has a large temporary one on the casino floor.
I flew on Southwest for the first time. Their "no-frills" service is now better than most of their competitors. And you can guarantee a good seat by using online checkin. I always find it strange, however, that they are always more expensive than the competition (this time schedule outweighed).