ZorkFest 2018 – Didn’t Go? Your Loss!

Another ZorkFest has come & gone. And once again, Michael Tragar and the TravelZork team put together a terrific event.

The many sessions covering smarter travel though better travel rewards, casino rewards programs, credit card & airline miles redemptions were all amazing. Then add legendary gamblers & authors Jean Scott & Anthony Curtis to the lineup of travel & rewards experts, and you have one fabulous weekend.

Equally important is the people you meet at these events.  Some old friends, some new friends, some for the first time. So many wonderful people with similar interests.

Jay Schwartz, one of NETimeGambling’s new friends from AC was interviewed on an impromptu live podcast of Vegas Confessions outside of Atomic Liquors, downtown Las Vegas. Due to what he has learned at ZorkFest, he admitted that he flew out out to Vegas free twice, earned free rooms, and expected free rooms on the weekend in Atlantic City. Kudos Jay, and special thanks to Eric Rosenthol, the Total Rewards Expert and now a host of Vegas Confessions with Shane & Julian, the originators of the Vegas Confessions podcast.

ZorkFest is about the people who attend, and those who attend not only become richer in knowledge and application, but richer in the friendships that grow from attending.


Meeting Jean Scott and Anthony Curtis.  I have been in contact with both through email, but meeting these legends in person was just amazing.  A brief story concerning Anthony Curtis – My wife and I had used the LasVegas Advisor coupon book for years.  I still consider it a valuable addition to my Las Vegas vacations. When M resort opened, we visited in January, but was unable to receive our coupon book.  I called LVA to see what they could do.  Sure enough, Anthony Curtis delivered it to M Resort himself so we would be able to use it.  That’s the kind of people this entire community is made up of, from the legends to the low-rollers and everyone in between.

Anthony Curtis at ZorkFest 2018

Congrats to Cousin Vito on his great opening to the conference.

Podcasters after Dark – what a great addition. All were funny, with their own usual flair. Adam, AKA Travel Fanboy, was hilarious. But my favorite will always be You Can Bet On That. Mark & Dr. Mike would be the same jovial, non-pretentious down-to-earth kind of guys you could ask to dinner at your house and they would be just like their podcast. FYI-if you do invite them to dinner, make sure it’s a quick – they HAVE to get back to the craps tables!  Great having some time with you guys.

Catherine Smalfus (Coach Kitty) – I love her perspective on video poker, and everything AC.

Meeting John Morris at the luncheon provided at Zorkfest, the incredible guy behind WheelchairTravel.org , a website created to show others that traveling with a disability is possible. “I’ve now flown more than 750,000 miles and visited 30 countries and territories — all with just one hand, a passport and my power wheelchair.”  It was truly inspiring meeting you, John.

Playing VP Luxor and talking Massachusetts casinos with Jeanie. Living in the Everett, MA area, she gave me a great look into the community surrounding the Everett, I mean Wynn, I mean Encore Boston Harbor resort scheduled to open in 2019.

Meeting up with birthday boy Tony Snyder, and Mark & Keren of the 360Vegas Podcast.  Vegas360 Vacation VI was starting as ZorkFest was ending – a great idea to meet more gambling nerds with similar interests.  BTW – 360Vegas is one of the most innovative podcasts with image enhanced podacasts, Vintage Vegas Bonus content and their new POV technology for their Patron subscribers.

Spending time with Amanda, Ryan and David Luke watching the Celtics (unfortunately lose) at the Luxor Racebook. David Luke, the technology wiz for TravelZork, is the foundation and co-founder that supports the buzz of the fabulous hive Michael Tragar has created at TravelZork. David, we must do that sometime again.

Finally, Michael Tragar, thank you.  Your vision of ZorkFest is building upon each of the last two events. It is a need of us have – combining both the travel world and the gambling world – that we are all the richer for, and we all look forward to the next one. Under multitasking in the dictionary is your picture. Thanks for the limo ride, Mr. Tragar.

Whenever you start to add names, ultimately you leave someone off.  With only two days in Vegas, it seems like a blur.  Time for me to take more pics on my travels.

Anyway, truly sorry for forgetting to mention some of some of you.

Tomorrow, I will write some idle thoughts about my Las Vegas experience outside of ZorkFest 2018.

That’s all for now.








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