Gambling Advice, Las Vegas
---- Ever have a $200 beer? ----
When gaming for anything but the smallest of stakes, it is best to reserve you drinking until your gaming is complete for the evening. The casinos liberally provide their customers with alcoholic beverages drinks not only to keep the players happy, but also to loosen them up. With impaired judgment players will gamble too long, risk more money than intended, and make mistakes in their play. Don't drink and gamble, your bankroll may depend on it. Would it make sense to get liquored up before rebalancing your retirement portfolio?
I highly recommend joining every Player's Club you can find, they offer so many extra benefits, and if you're going to gamble anyways, why not earn something even if you lose? I found it easy to get comps for free meals and some free merchandise as well.
Fondest memory: 5AM at the Craps table in the Hooters Hotel & Casino. Just me & a few other rollers taking the House for a stroll. Don't forget to place bets for the Dealers, they'll help you out as much as possible.
Harrah's is my favorite place for playing Blackjack (and one of the cheaper one's on the Strip too). Here, you can get in the game for $5 most of the time unless it's Friday or Saturday night and I more than doubled my money in no time flat. Walk away people...walk away before you lose it all back to them because you will.
Make sure you get a comp card where you stay and put it in the machines or give it to the dealer when you gamble and you will earn free stuff before you leave. Based on how long you play, you can earn a lot of stuff without breaking the bank on gambling. I spent maybe $100 in one week and earned 2 free t-shirts and a $10 coupon at the snack bar. Drinks are free in casino's so do NOT go to the bar. Tip the servers. They deserve it.
Fondest memory: I can't think of my fondest memory of Vegas because the entire trip itself couldn't have been more perfect. Spend time to plan your vacation and I hope you have the same problem of deciding which is your favorite memory.
Fondest memory: If you are not a gambler but you really fancy your chances on the tables then take my advice and attend the half hour lessons that most hotels offer . Just half an hour can save you from the embarrassment I suffered at the Roulette table. Never having played the tables before and thinking I was being kind of cool, I slid onto a stool at one of the tables and tossed 100 dollars to the croupier who pushed me a stack of red chips. I slightly raised my head to glance at my table companions, they all looked pretty professional to me with high stacks in front of them. The croupier called and we all placed our bets. NO I didnt know that there was a minimum bet on certain parts of the table....red face for the first time! NO I didnt know you could place chips covering 4 numbers and sort of placed mine neither on a line or in the middle and the croupier had to call my attention to this....red face second time. Then I placed a little stack on a single number and it came up!! Wow, I screamed as he pushed a high stack of chips to me. Fellow player on the right said.."nice one Red". I was beginning to feel like a high roller. Then I went and made the biggest mistake ever. As my brother and sister came up to see how I was doing I suddenly started scooping up the chips and filling their hands ....I wasnt going to lose it all. Everyone stopped and watched in amazement as we left the table full of chips spilling everywhere. I approached the Cash Desk , piled the chips into the drawer and asked for them to be changed. The cashier took one look at me and said... " Gee I bet the croupier is happy with you, your are supposed to change them with him" Oh God now I had to go back and face them all again! I sidled up to the table and dumped my chips in front of me. No way was I just going to ask for change so I played another couple of rounds...and lost! This time I quietly got up off my stool and very politely asked for my chips to be changed please and left.....VERY red faced!
Favorite thing: Two suggestions about using players club cards that might seem obvious, firstly remember to put the card in before you start playing and more importantly DON'T walk away from the machine without it. I've lost count of the number of times I have foolishly done this. To combat this you'll see a lot of people who have their cards on an extendable keyring clipped to their belt. It seems like a good idea but I'm afraid I was never that organised.
Do not pay for Alchoholic drinks on the strip. Gamble and they will bring the drinks to you for FREE!
Even if you are not a gambler you just have to sit at a slot machine for awhile with some quarters and eventually some nice casino employee will offer you a drink and there you go-free Alcohol!
Having been to Las Vegas seven times I have learnt (sometimes the hard way) a few tips for gambling. I am only talking of the slotties here because that's all I do but my experiences have culmunated in one year winning the price of my holiday is 25cent slots!! My top tips are:
Use the slot machines nearest the doors. They are prgrammed to have better odds to make you enter deeper into the casino.
Set yourself an affordable limit for each evening and only take that amount with you.
All the time you are gambling you are entitled to a free drink. Keep an eye out for the waitress, order your drink and dont forget to tip. YouI'll find some Casino's are better than others at this and dont think I mean the up market ones!!
If you are there for more than the weekend the odds are higher on Sunday and Monday night and it's quieter and easier to access your favourtite slot machine!! We usually give up gambling on Friday and Saturday and have a nice meal - then start again on Sunday when everyone else is boarding their plane home!
And lastly remember although you would like a photo of you winning that jackpot, it's actually illegal to photograph people gambling in the state of Nevada - so be warned there are cameras all around you!
Fondest memory: I actually miss the sound of the slot machines!!
I won't get into specific advice for particular games because there are too many to count. But a few pieces of advice to keep you from getting into trouble. Trust me, I found out the hard way on these. I do the research for you.
- Don't use your cell phone at a table. Don't even try it, especially at the MGM with a pit boss named Leonard on the floor.
- Don't call pit bosses by their first name. They don't like it.
- Don't touch your winnings until everyone has been paid out. This rule is slightly different for different games, but, in general, it's not a good idea. The casino looks for cheaters moving money around while the dealer is paying everyone out. You don't want to be put in the group.
- No photos on the casino floor. This seems like common sense, but many people try taking photos at the tables. Don't do it. Or Lenny might come after you.
- Gamble late. The most fun you will have gambling is at 3 a.m. with a table full of people you don't know. This is one of the best times you can have gambling. These will be your best friends for a few hours. It can even take the sting out of losing.
- Don't curse at the tables at Tropicana. I didn't understand it either, but I'm serious. If you must curse, make sure you curse in a language that the dealer doesn't understand (German seems to work well for many).
- Play at tables somewhat near a restroom if you will be drinking. It saves you time after you've had that 19th gin and tonic. You don't want a 10 minute walk through the casino maze everytime you have to go.
- USE a player's card. This is how most casinos give comps now. Use it every time, even if you're only playing four or five hands. There are usually signs that will point you in the right direction if you need to get a player's card. Get one the second you set foot into the casino.
That's it for now. I'll add more at a later date.
If you are a nongambler who would just like to get in on the Las Vegas experience a little or, like me, enjoy "gambling" but don't have a lot of money to lose, the important thing is to decide ahead of time how much money you are willing to lose, and stop there. Just consider it part of your recreation budget.
I'm a very low roller, and usually play 5c or 25c video poker -- though some of the new "penny" slot machines are fun. (Believe me, you end up putting more than pennies in.)
The trick is I budget $20 to $25 per day (it could be even less, or considerably more, especially if you like blackjack or real poker).
Sometimes people will give me money to gamble with in LV, and once I double $20 playing on a stud poker machine and was able to return $40.
Gambling is only one of many things there is to do in LV, but having won my first poker hand as a nine-year-old, I've always enjoyed it. But I've never gambled what I wasn't ready or even expecting to lose.
I also have a video poker game (zamzone.com) on my computer, which is not only fun to play but teaches you the way to play to get the best odds.
Fondest memory: My fondest gambling moments, are of course the times I've won -- coming out $25 or even $10 ahead while you are playing nickel video poker is pretty darn exciting.
Las Vegas is my city. I love coming here, I love gambling here. Here's why...
I ALWAYS ration my gambling dollars. If I go for five days, I take five envelopes, with each day written on the front ie: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 etc. I divide my gambling money by five, and place an equal amount in each envelope, with an additional $100 placed in the last envelope. Each envelope is then sealed, and placed in the safe in the room, or at the front desk.
I start with Day 1, and break the contents into three playing sessions, (morning, afternoon, and evening). As each sesson is played, I take half of the winnings, and place it in my fanny pack in the section that is the most difficult to get at. If I have no winnings, I sulk a bit, but, more importantly, do other things until the next session time comes around.
I NEVER, NEVER borrow from another session, even if I think I may hit a 'good one' soon. Plus, if my session was a healthy one, 'most' of the the sessions winnings and 'all left over cash' go into my fanny pack.
At the end of the day, the contents from my inaccessible portion of my fanny pack is returned to the original envelope, and sealed.
Day two, I start all over again. Day three, the same, and so on. When the last day arrives, I do my sessions as usual, but then take that additional $100 I had tucked away, and play the Progressives. At this point, I play to win, not to sustain.
I've never had days with no gambling money. I've had sessions where it all went in the first half hour, and I've had trips where I got to know the nickel machines quite well. It's all part of the deal.
Most important, always keep your day to day cash separate from your gambling dollars. I go to win, and if I feel 'down', or my luck doesn't seem to be holding, I stop playing. That's it. I wait until the next session, if my luck still 'feels' lousy, then I still don't play. I believe if you feel unlucky, you will be unlucky. My opinion...and it works for me.
Fondest memory: Getting on the return flight with lots more cash than when I came. That is my fondest memory, and I have been fortunate to have had a couple of trips like that.
On the trips where Lady Luck and I had obviously had a falling out, I at least escaped the clutches of Las Vegas by having lost exactly what I had allowed for. That is what I mean about 'being a winner'.
Gambling dollars are considered by me to be the price of admission to Las Vegas. If you can't afford to 'lose' those dollars, then you should reconsider your holiday destination. You would go to Europe and expect to spend money, it's the same as Vegas.
The big losers in Las Vegas are those who are desperately trying to 'hit the big one', in order to remain afloat once they return home.
Okay, you go gambling just for fun. But that does not mean you should throw your money away. Be aware of what each casino game's house advantage is.
If a game has a 10% house advantage you are VEY likely to lose money. Look for games with a small house advantage.
For the player, the best games to play are bbalckjack, Craps and Baccarat. These are the games where the house advantage (odds in casino's favor) are most reduced, meaning in the short run you can beat them.
Stay away from Wheel of fortune and other exotic games. They are there to get your money as easy as it gets.
Sportsbook: The Caesar's has an extensive sportsbook, the best for me. But if you plan to wager a big chunk of money on a game, do some little researches and check the odds at at least 5 different hotels. A half point spread difference sometimes is huge.
Stay away for suckers bets. In craps, above all if you are not an expert stick with the Pass or Don't Pass line, don't get involved in the exotic bets where the odds are hugely against you.
Get information but be wise. learn about the games you plan to play but don't waste money in stupid books offering "systems" to beat the casino. They are trash. There is no system, because gaming is based on math.
If you are at the roulette table and a red number came up 6 times in a row, remember: the possibilities/odds of a black or a red number showing up in the 7th draw are the same. The roulette has no memory.
Same thing with the slots. If the slots just gave away a jackpot, the odds of having another jackpot following are the same as before. They are not reduced because the computer chip inside the slot does not "remember" it just paid off a lot of money.
Fondest memory: Other quick gambling tips:
- learn the basic strategy before playing blackjacks. it will reduced the odds against you.
- slots: the Palms Hotel offers the best pay-outs. For slots fans, that is the place to go.
- Use your player card every time you play (table or slots it makes no difference). You will build comps.
- If you are winning, it's time to quit. If you are losing big, it's time to quit.
- Know how much you can afford to lose. Create a gambling budget and stick with it.
Prime the pump. I've watched dealers basically coach people playing blackjack by telling them what to do in the form of a question "Hit?" "Stand?" Just nod and you're set.
Also, pit bosses sometimes can clue you in on a slot that hasn't hit in a while. Kill 'em with kindness and you just might run into some luck..........
Fondest memory: Standing at what I thought was a quarter slot=machine, hitting the payout (I was up over 80 credits) and seeing these cartoonishly large coins come tumbling out.
Apparently, when I shoved my $10 bill into the big, bad slot=machine and hit "Max bet" I blew the whole thing right there. That's what happens, I guess, when you throw your money at a $5 slot=machine! Can you imagine the luck?
Later, after everyone split I found myself alone with $400 burning a hole in my pocket. So, I threw a $20 into a REAL quarter slot, and played it almost out. Suddenly, that dang machine started spitting quarters into the bin and a light starts blinking on top. I'm dumbfounded, and then a big burly guard parks on my right. "Oh, sh!t. What did I do? I didn't even cash out. It just started throwing 'em at me." Heh-heh, quite the novice I am. I walked outta that RESORT casino with a $1100 smile on my face. Paid for my wife's entire trip. Thank you, higher power!
I'm a slots person ... it's easy and I don't have to think too much. I had a good luck at the MGM Grand and the Monte Carlo.
It's a good idea to take some of the wet wipes after you cash in your coins ... your hands will be filthy.
Another plus to gambling is the free drinks. A casino waitstaff person will walk around and take orders. Be patient because sometimes it takes a little while for them to come back with your drink ... but you can't really complain since it's free.
Fondest memory: Winning $92! I won a total of 3 times. One time I put in a quarter and won $40. My friends were not amused since I won more than they did! =)
If you are wandering about the casino looking for a certain denomination slot machine to play, be aware that the lights on 'most' of the machines are color coded...
Fondest memory: the tingle I get prior to playing a winning machine....always happens, however sometimes I mistake my fear for 'THE TINGLE'
Always remember to push the 'CASH OUT' button, you may have credits remaining that you're unaware of. Don't leave your hard earned winnings for someone else.
Fondest memory: the music the slot machine plays while you wait for the slot attendant to give you your win.