Casinos / Gambling, Las Vegas
Remember exactly where you came in, and know your way out. Once inside the casinos become a maze, and exits are hard to find...the longer you stay, the more money you are likely to spend...
Unique Suggestions: Remember the surroundings such as a restuarant or restroom, so when you want to get out, your not disorientated. Sounds dumb,but is very likely once your lost inside a world of flashing lights, slot machines and tables...
Casinos that don't have a hotel are usually rip-off joints. I know of a couple of slot joints downtown that certainly fit the bill. These places will have people standing out front trying to aggressively lure you in. Avoid the temptation, because you will not win in these places.
Unique Suggestions: Take advantage of any freebies you can get out of them, but don't put any money in there tight machines.
Fun Alternatives: There's no need to go into these places. You can go into any hotel/casino in town and gamble. Your odds are a lot better in a hotel/casino.
Hey, it may seem crazy to go to Vegas and not gamble. As a non-gambler I had to wonder why I was going at first. But once I got there I realized I was going to be way too busy to gamble much anyway! Vegas does not make it easy though. For every attraction you want to go to, even if you want to use the monorail, you have to walk through the casinos - there are no ways around that. And they are available all the time.
I did end up playing some slots briefly but stuck to a maximum to lose before walking away. Deciding on the maximum you can lose and sticking to it is an oldy but a goodie. Don't even think about going to Vegas to make money - it's just pure entertainment along with everything else the city offers.
Its what Vegas is all about. But it can be a trap. One cannot find a clock anywhere other than your hotel room. When you enter any hotel, you just travel thru the casino to find stores, restaurants, restrooms, etc. They want you to stop and drop some bucks.
Unique Suggestions: Wear a watch, and spend your money wisely. Know when to quit. Everywhere you go you have a chance to gamble, so spread your money out.
I defy anyone to go to Las Vegas and not put money into a slot machine. Be very careful, a dollar here, a dollar there, another couple of dollars whilst sat at the bar, and yet another while you are waiting for your lady to come out of the restroom. It all adds up. Set yourself a limit, you won't be able to stick to it, but do try. The blackjack and roulette tables can ruin your holiday. Leave the long sessions to the people who go to Vegas for the gambling. Remember, the casinos pay for Las Vegas, some people win but most lose.
THIS MAY COME AS A SURPRISE TO THOSE OF YOU NOT LIVING IN LAS VEGAS, BUT THERE ARE MORE CATHOLIC CHURCHES THAN CASINOS.
NOT SURPRISINGLY SOME WORSHIPERS AT SUNDAY SERVICES WILL GIVE CASINO CHIPS RATHER THAN CASH WHEN THE BASKET IS PASSED.
SINCE THEY GET CHIPS FROM MANY DIFFERENT CASINOS, THE CHURCHES HAVE DEVISED A METHOD TO COLLECT THE OFFERINGS.
THE CHURCHES SEND ALL THEIR COLLECTED CHIPS TO A NEARBY FRANSISCAN MONASTERY FOR SORTING AND THEN THE CHIPS ARE TAKEN TO THE CASINOS OF ORIGIN AND CASHED IN.
THIS IS DONE BY CHIP MONKS .
YOU DIDN'T EVEN SEE IT COMING DID YOU ?
SLOT MACHINES!!!!! Especially the ones at the airport. I have gotten lucky a couple of times but have paid more than my share back. You don't think they built these gargantuan edifices with credit and good looks do you? Hell no! They built them 25 cents at a time by suckers like you and me who are looking for the elusive big payout.
One thing you will learn, provided you give yourself a push and make some bucks available is, that in the end the dealers always wins, no matter what. If you gamble a few rounds you may win a couple of bucks, but try a bit longer and it’s all gone. I made my experience and after winning about 200 dollars I got so secure and convinced that I could win more – sure. I left with empty pockets and my credit card did not appreciate that evening either. Well, at least I can say, I did it and now I know what the feeling is to gamble. It’s great.
Don't bother to stand in line for free pulls, the lines are long. Read the fine print on all offers. They say you get $40 worth of free slot play, but all they really do is RE-Emburse you by sending a voucher to your home after you leave...this voucher has to be brought back and you end up playing with the money anyhow.
GAMBLING!! Even though the town is pretty much a gambler's paradise, don't fall into the traps of feeding your hard earned cash into the one armed bandits! If you are going to gamble, at least try a table game. You'll have better odds that you are going to come out ahead!
Some people say that Vegas itself is a tourist trap. In a way this is true because if you get carried away in the casinos, you can leave very very very broke. Just ensure that when planning a trip here, you should budget for gambling losses.
SLOTS....slot machines can be set to payback at 75% to 99%. In the big casinos they are often paying out 75%. Not too bad? If they guy next to you wins $100 on $1, now YOU are the one making up for it. In other words you are only likely to get 75 cents on your dollar if you play forever all of your life! NEVER try to win big on slots. Take $5 or $10 and see if you get lucky. If you really like SLOTS go to a place that advertises 98% pay back (check Slots of Fun on the Strip). A little tip? The Dollar machines are set for better payoff.
What else - the casinos! This is from inside the New York hotel/casino. Advice: take only what you intend to lose. Remember, the hotels and casinos are FOR-profit businesses. You can get fortunate - I won $1,800 in one night off of the slots, but don't count on that happening every night. Take a little money, go have fun, enjoy the FREE drinks, and go home with ease in knowing you'll have enough money to make the mortgage payment!! :)
CRAPS! You either win fast, or loose fast!
Play the Slots and even Black Jack insted. Try to get the instructional videos that are sold in most game stores, (you can find one in almost every mall) This will give you a slight edge to win. You are probably saying 'What is so hard about putting coins in a slot machine!' Trust me, there is more to it than that! GET THE VIDEOS! (For proof, SEE picture of slot machine on General Tips! )
A lot of people get excited because they hear that casinos offer free drinks to gamblers. This is not a myth, but it would be pointless to try and do all your drinking that way. Imagine this scenario: after sitting at a blackjack table for ten minutes, a cocktail waitress offers you a complimentary drink. You soon run out of luck at the table, and feel it would be best to get up and leave. However, that drink is still coming. To redeem your free drink, you stay at the table and continue losing. Fifteen minutes later, your 'free' drink arrives, but you are $100 in the hole. You have just bought yourself a very expensive free drink. Why do you think casinos do it? My tip: buy your own drinks so you're not tied to a table.