Gambling Advice, Las Vegas
I always find it difficult to tip dealers after I lose (which is most of the time). The last time I was in a casino playing Blackjack, I decided to "pre-tip" the dealer a dollar. The first 6 deck shoe was profitable (up about $25). So I decided to "pre-tip" as the dealer shuffled the next shoe.
During the game, there was a time when the dealer had a ten showing, and therefore knew the second card because they always need to look for potential blackjacks. I had a five, and was pausing what to do, and she did not really give me a chance to take a card, and I took that as assistance that she had a "bust card" (which she did). I ended up winning a hand, I probably would have lost.
I will probably continue to pre-tip dealers because it can be profitable (at least in certain games), and also makes the dealers friendlier.
The Wynn has one of the Smallest Gaming Areas and slot machines in the whole of Las Vegas as Steve Wynn emphasized a more privacy for guests. The Casino areas for table games and slot machines are just 111,000 Square feet. It maybe smaller but the bets here are high with the lower limit on the card games at $ 25 unlike in other casinos where the lower limit is $ 10 or even $ 5. There have an assorted 1,900 slot machines with payouts of $1 and $5,000 stands available. Table games include Blackjack, Big 6, Craps, Roulette, Caribbean Stud Poker, Let-it-Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Pai Gow, Three Card Poker, Spanish 21, 21, Black Jack. There is also a Baccarat Room and a Poker Room. Games in the Poker Room are offered at $4/$8 up to $150/$300. Higher limit games are available for those interested. The Wynn also features a Race and Sports Book, providing satellite broadcasts from around the world. To participate one must open a wagering account, as everything in this area is high tech and fully automated. Electronic devices are not allowed in this area and there are large Plasma screens everywhere.
Fondest memory: Wynn is Located at:3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109,
I am a confessed gambler but what distinguishes me from other gamblers is that I gamble more for fun and in moderation and here in las vegas, I don't easily be overwhelmed by the numerous gambling options whether the slot machines, the table games, the card games, the sports betting games. I make it a point to set a budget for my play like for example, having a $ 100 limit on slot machines or $ 300 on card games and stick to it! most of the time, i go bust but I still go home happy since my main mission to go here is to enjoy the gambling options and if possible make some money. Don't be too greedy and think that you would win a ton of moolah. The odds are allways against you wherever you gamble so just enjoy more rather than sulk over your loses. This is my secret to gambling hence I don't lose my arm or legs or my shirt whenever I go to Gambling places and Las Vegas is no exception!
Fondest memory: you gamble more for fun rather than to make money.
Gambling. Hmm. The only way to bring home a small fortune from Las Vegas, - is to bring a large fortune with you. Be aware that everything, - and I mean everything, - is set up and geared to seperate you from your money. Examples: You will never see a clock anywhere in a casino. You will never be able to see outside when in the casino. It is always late evening in the casino, no matter what time it is. Cashiers are really hard to find. The idea is that while you are wondering around looking for one, - something else will draw your attention, - like the money burning a hole in your pocket. The city has an effect on your cerebral cortex, - it makes you initially stupid. Your decision making facilities go in the toilet. Remember that you are out of your comfort zone, - initially a fish out of water, and the flash and bells and whistles are bombarding your brain. Consider this: 75% of all money lost in Vegas, - is lost on the first day!!!
My advise, - and I do know this, - when you get to Vegas, book in to your hotel, clean up, have a nice dinner, see a nice show, get drunk and party, and go to bed. The next day, after breakfast ( brunch, really.....), go strolling, and - now that your brain has adjusted and acclamated to the town, - gambling is much more of an enjoyment, - particularly knowing that you recognized their ways, and counteracted. This does not guarantee a winning trip, but you are way ahead.
nothing in life is free, but you can get some benefits when you gamble (besides a drink and eye candy)
the comped rooms usually come when you lose big (cuz they feel you've earned it?) or when you win big (cuz they want to get it back)...high rollers need not look here at my little tip, but the way the comps work for average joes is through a membership you show the dealer or stick in the slot machine, which gets you rated every time you play...yes, this can result in free stuff, but the amount of money played to 'earn' these things depends on the hotel, how much you play and more importantly, they watch how long you play...(I came to the crap table with $700 once at the Venetian hotel and played for about 30 mins, and that got me a suite there for example). . . possible to get a free room/dinner/show tickets (shows at that particular hotel) if you do indeed play, I think it depends what mood they're in too, so it's worth the try
Favorite thing: A rule that was shared with me many moons ago by a die hard gambler was to make sure you fill your gas tank and park your car before you decided to gamble. This way if your out of money or had your credit cards taken away, you can get home. Sounds silly, but in this die hard of a gambling town, it makes sense.
Many visitors to Nevada often wonder if casinos cheat. With the games rigged in their favor casinos really have no need to cheat (as long as they have enough customers and they can afford periodic losses at stakes offered.) In fact, the corporations that own the casinos have a huge investment in their properties and gaming licenses and are not likely to risk loosing either by getting caught cheating even to a very high roller.
The smaller joints may have less incentive as they have less to loose if they got caught. However, even the small joints would not want to loose their gaming license. Nevertheless, it may be best to stick to the larger clubs if you are a very high roller.
One type of cheating by a casino staff person, like a dealer, is to make an accomplice win money that will be divided up later. In order for their table not to show a loss and alert casino management, they would cheat other customers so their table has a net win. But casino surveillance, with their ever watching eye-in-the-sky, is always watchful to spot this behavior. If such business is discovered, it would be stopped and the culprits would be arrested and prosecuted.
So is it highly unlikely that a casino would cheat you. But if you suspect something funny is going on, just stop and play elsewhere just in case. That way, you don’t need to worry and can concentrate on your game.
Favorite thing: when in a casino it makes no sense to buy a beer or a drink at a bar. here's why, a beer with a $1 tip will cost you $7.50 and a mixed drink probably more. put $10 in a video poker game at the bar and you will get a free beer. now let's do the math. you tip the bartender $1 and start playing the quarter machine. if you are losing cash out after you have lost $ 2. now the $7.50 beer has cost you only $3. if you are winning cash out after you are $3 ahead and the casino now has paid you $2 to drink a beer. some bars expect you to play max bet ($1.25) to get a second beer. just cash out and move on to another bar and so on. i call this a casino crawl. the last time i was in vegas i drank several beers each night for four days and my total beer expenditure was $8.
Favorite thing: poker is the only "sure bet" in las vegas. in poker you are playing against other people at the table and not the house. you are basically "renting" a table for the opportunity to play others. poker is a game of luck and skill and skillful players will almost always win over less skillfull players. this game is not for novices, there are many professional poker players in las vegas. to hone your skills there are a number of poker websites where you can practice for free. many of these sites offer or advertise online gambling. don't do it! many of these sites are unregulated and are rip offs.
Favorite thing: black jack (21) is a game that if played correctly gives the house the smallest advantage. statically the house has a 6% advantage if the player plays the game correctly. this is the best edge you will get on any game in a casino. you must learn when to hold, hit, split, and double down. the idea is not to get close to 21 but to get closer to 21 than the dealer. correct play will greatly improve your chance of winning. there are a number of free tutorial websites on the internet where you can practice your skills before you go to the casino. many of these websites offer or advertise online gambling. avoid online gambling at all costs ! most are unregulated and are huge rip offs. as in any casino game remember to manage your stake.
Favorite thing: obviously the huge hotels and opulent casinos in las vegas were not built by winners. in the long term the odds against the player will always favor the house. if you are lucky and manage your stake you may leave las vegas with more money than you arrived with. your stake is the amount of money you plan to gamble on a given session or day. in order to increase your winnings and decrease your losses you must manage your money. i personally use the 50/50 rule. for example if my stake is $1000 and i lose $500 i am out of the casino. on the other hand if i win $500 i take my winnings and go. the biggest mistake a gambler can make is to get into the hole and keep trying to win the losses back. also when ahead there is the urge to keep gambling because now you are playing with the "house's" money. over time you will give your winings back. never gamble more money than you can afford to lose. if you manage your stake you will have less stress and more fun at the tables.
I will highlight here some of the Casinos and what they offer in CASINO GAMINGBALLY'S - 739-4111
Over 1,900 slot and vedeo machines, 90 gaming tables
BELLAGIO - 693-7444
Over 2,700 slot machines, a poker room and 173 table games
CAESARS PALACE - 731-7100
2,000 video and slot machines and a wide variety of gaming tables
CIRCUS CIRCUS -734-1410
Over 2,700 slot machines and 85 gaming tables
EXCALIBER - 597-7777
Over 2,500 slot machines and 83 gaming tables
HARRAH'S - 369-5000
Over 2,300 slot and video machines and 67 gaming tables
IMPERIAL PALACE - 731-3311
1,000 slot/video machines and 52 gaming tables
MIRAGE - 791-7111
Over 2,200 slot and video poker machines and 126 tables games. high limit table lounge and baccarat lounge
PARIS - 946-7000
Over 100 gaming tables and 2,000 slot machines
PLANET HOLLYWOOD - 785-5555
Offers 2,800 slot and video poker machines and 87 gaming tables
TREASURE ISLAND- 734-5110
Over 1,800 slot and video poker machines and 82 gaming tables
2,500 slot and video machines and 37 gaming tables
WYNN - 770-7000
111,000 square feet of casino gambling space
Beware of 6:5 Blackjack!
Traditionally the game of blackjack pays 3 bets for every 2 units wagered for a natural. A natural, also called a blackjack, is when the first two cards consist of an ace with a ten value card and is an instant winner. Of course, they can push if the dealer has a blackjack.
In recent years, a 6 for 5 payout for a blackjack is spreading through casinos like cancer. These are most prevalent on single deck and lower limit games. What might seem to be a minor rule chance will destroy your bankroll.
If you play a single deck at a $25 dollar minimum table, you will likely vary your bet as the game progresses, say with your wins and loses. You might spread your bet so that your average bet is twice the minimum, or $50 per hand. If you play a 6:5 game instead of a traditional 3:2 game, you will then receive $15 less per blackjack on your average bet.
Say you hit the gambling town for a weekend and will play 4 hours Friday night, 6 hours on Saturday, and 2 hours on Sunday for a total of 12 hours. If you play at crowded tables, you might receive about 60 hands per hour. With unopposed (no push) blackjacks occurring at an average frequency of 1 in every 20.5 hands, you would end up winning over $500 LESS over the course of the weekend (than you would have from a normal 3:2 game).
If you play head to head with about twice as many hands played, you would be giving up over $1,000 dollars. Blackjack with a 6:5 payout is a bad game to play. I would recommend avoiding it at all costs even if that means playing in a different club or playing craps instead.
----- Video Poker!
Video poker machines do not all have the same payouts for various hands. Look at what is offered and select the game with the best payout. This game might be in another carousel (a group of machines) or the casino next door.
At jacks or better draw poker, you may encounter a machine that payer 8 coins for flushes and 5 coins for straights, whereas nearby another machine may pay 9 coins for flushes and 6 coins for straights. Or a progressive jackpot for one group of twenty-five cent jacks or better machines might be $1,200 when nearby there could be another group with a jackpot of $1,900. The chances of hitting the royal flush are the same, so why not play the game that pays the best?
One should review the payout schedule of a slot machine if not intending to play for the maximum coins. Some machines might pay a jackpot of $600 for three sevens if three coins are played, $400 for two coins, and $200 for one coin. On these machines the payouts are all in equal proportion to the size of the wager. On these machines the player is not loosing any additional percentage of the amount wagered for playing less than the maximum amount.
However, other machines might pay equal proportions for the smaller payout of bars and cherries and such, but not pay the jackpot (say of $1,000 for three sevens) unless three coins are paid. Imagine your grief when you if you hit the three sevens and get nothing because you were a dollar short of wagering the full amount. If you want to play for less than the full amount possible on a slot machine, then be sure all the payouts are proportional to the amount bet.
Fondest memory: ----- Shop Around!
In a gaming town, it is advantageous to shop around for the best games offered.
------ The Felt may be Greener over at the Next Table...
It has always amazed me how so many people who, when in a grocery store, will deliberate over a potential savings of twenty-five cents on a roll of paper towels, will then head to a gambling town and play a poor game when a better one is available at the very next table or machine. They will risk a lot more money on that poor game than the savings made from a lifetime of deals on paper towels and other groceries.
When in a gaming town, it is advantageous to pay attention to the various games offered. If you choose to play, select the game that offers you the best odds. Here are some examples:
The rules for blackjack games often vary within the same cluster of tables, called a pit. This can be true even for the same table limits. Differences in the games can include variances in player options, number of decks in play, side bets, and availability of insurance. The horrid rule of 6:5 payoffs for a blackjack might be mixed among the normal 3:2 games. It is a good idea to see what is offered before getting into a game.
The standard game of roulette has a wheel with numbers from 1 to 36, half of which are red and half of which are black. It also has a 0 which is green. When the zero comes up, all bets on the other numbers 1 through 36, black, red, even, odd, etc are all lost. (One could bet on zero but they the house would still be at an advantage.)
American Roulette is common in the United States. In addition to the green zero, this game features a green double zero making the house advantage twice as bad as standard roulette. I have seen two roulette tables, side by side, in the same casino. One was standard roulette and the other was American roulette. Both had the same stakes, both had equal amounts of players. Guess which players were having a better time?
Fondest memory: ----- Limits!
Table limits can vary wildly throughout a gaming town or even a single casino. They are often higher on the more populous gaming areas, like the Las Vegas Strip, as well as during special events or holidays. The time of day will influence them also. They tend to be highest in the evenings and lowest in the wee hours of the morning. Never play for stakes that you are not comfortable with or can not easily afford to loose. If you don't like the stakes, look around!