Casinos / Gambling, Las Vegas
Its easy to lose big here. Every hotel has a casino and you have to walk through to get where you're going.
I'm not a gambler, but I found myself many times wandering into a hotel by day to escape the heat and sitting at some machine or other. I lost quite a few quarters this way. All of them in fact.
It is very easy to get lost in some of the casinos; this is done on purpose to trap you! Never in my life have I felt clostrophobic until I visited MGM and spent an hour trying to find my way out. I started freaking! If you pay attention to where you entered and where you're going then this shouldn't be a problem.
Unlike casinos in Asia, LV's casinos have a terrific ventilation system that not only keeps you cool but filters away awful cigar smells.
It's a pity there's no smoke free gambling areas anywhere. Still, avoid smokers where possible for health's sake.
If your want to gamble and win, DON'T do it in LV! Who do you think pays for the free and lavish roadside entertainment, the gorgeous and luxorious decor? Let's face it, the $ has to come from somewhere.
Sign up for a FREE daily tour at your hotel to Laughlin (a 2 hr drive away) and you get better odds at blackjack. E.g. Laughlin's single deck blackjack wins 2 to 1but Flamingo's at LV wins only 6 to 5. You do your math. What's more, the tour throws in a buffet lunch and Hoover Dam tour for FREE.
Try beating that in terms of value for $.
Some of what I am going to say may seem like common sense, but I find that some people lack in that area...
1. Keep your purse, wallet or fanny pack on you at all times. Do NOT sit it down anywhere. I usually carry a fanny pack, which is in your view and in your close personal space at all times. You would know if someone reached towards THAT area ;)
2. Keep a close eye on your chips at the tables. It would be very easy for someone to reach over and grab your chips while you are looking the other way, even for a moment. There are pros at this!
3. Don't flash around your winnings, and keep them low key. I personally do not carry chips in my hands, you risk dropping them or someone snatching them from your hands. I wouldn't brag about them either, you never know who may be in earshot...
4. If you win a large amount, ask the hotel if they offer safe deposit boxes. DO NOT leave large amounts of cash in your room! All is takes is one shady cleaning lady...
Hope these help! Happy gambling and good luck!
You know you have heard it before, "I just lost $100, I have to get it back!" as they head to the ATM...
Here is a system that has never failed me yet... Allot yourself a reasonable amount of money that you CAN afford to part with incase you are having an off night. Let's say $50. As I play and begin to profit, the original $50 in chips go into my pocket. If I am having a bad night, and loose my allotment, I am done for the night. I only play off the profitted chips.
I have never lost more than my $50 gambling allowance in a night, and usually win ;)
I have to speak on this issue, because a gambling habit can be very detrimental in a person's life. My first two visits to Vegas, I won several hundred dollars, but on the return visit I lost several more money than what I won. Whether you are religious or not, I believe the reason Vegas is so rich is because of the popular saying "money is the root of all evil." All of the casinos are favorite to win otherwise they wouldn't be in business. Have you ever wondered why you never get lucky and win it big? Why is it always that person who doesn't gamble much and just pulls once or twice on a slot machine, wins millions? I believe the reason lies where your heart is. If you look in the Bible, specifically at 1 Timothy 6:10, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil..." It is the "love" of money which is the root of many kinds of evil. Think about it, if man was not so hungry for money, there wouldn't be prostitution, drug deals, and casinos. Also in Matthew 6:21, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." If you have that desire to make a quick buck in Vegas and want to win, win, win, its not going to happen!
You ask, "Where are you going with all of this?" I firmly believe if you go to Vegas with the heart of not wanting to win, but just to play for fun, then you will win. I am not saying that you will win millions, but I would bet that you wouldn't walk away empty handed. And you shouldn’t take out a mortgage on your house to gamble with, but if you go with lets say $100 and keep that at your limit, you will do fine. You should only gamble with money you can afford to loose! And DON'T have a greed for money to come your way in Vegas. Just have a good time and play the vast different games that are offered. Remember, you can't hid the greed for money in your heart and not have God know about it. He sees all and knows all.
If you have a gambling problem, I have included the phone number below of where you can get free help.
A buddy of mine just got back from Vegas and was showing me a brochure that's produced by the state. It's located, appropriately, at all the ATMs near the strip and gives helpful information for individuals who may have a gambling addiction (seriously!).
Gambling can be addictive, so only bring money that you can afford to lose. Don't take out a second mortgage to finance your trip!
Check out the website below for more details.
Pulling the handle on a slot machine is the least-brainer of an activity. If you play any other games, it behooves you to spend a substantial amount of time learning the game using a computer simulation before you leave home. Join the players' club wherever you play to be sure you earn your share of "comps."
I generally don't gamble much, and it's not hard to get caught up in the exitement of all the slot machines, lights and tables. My suggestion is to try and set a limit. A lot of the casinos offer lessons on how to play the tables. Playing the slot machine are a waste of time, you might as well hand all of your money to the casino. If you rather play them I suggest playing video poker...you have a better chance of winning. If you haven't really played before you should try playing around on your computer before you get to Vegas. Gamble with caution, it's called ENTERTAINMENT, you don't want to go home to an empty bank account.
Be smart with your money. Las Vegas is big and many people want your money so they can gamble. One thing I noticed was that many ATM's don't require PINs (Personal Identification Number). One thing to remember is the casinos WANT YOUR MONEY. Also be careful of drinking too much. Once you are gambling, the casinos give you free booze so you will gamble more and be loose with your money. Too each his own to though. I know a lot of people who want to do nothing else, but spend all of their money at the casinos!
I saw this sign on the road out of Vegas, It says...
TREAT DEPRESSION.... SEE YOUR DOCTOR.... PREVENT SUICIDE.
I guess if you've just lost all your money, your house, maybe even the wife/husband on the tables... it probably applies to you. So I add this cautionary note... lol ;o)
Be careful in the casinos. Loads of scam artists and petty thieves. Don't keep wallets in pockets or place handbags on floor. ALways keep with you. Keep valuables and passport, tickets etc. in hotel safe.
My brother got ripped off by one of those card tricks on the street. Whatever you do, make sure that you avoid the street tricksters. There's no way that you will win it all back. Don't even get your ego involved and WALK PAST THEM! He lost a lot of money for a poor Canadian kid!
It is dangerous to take lots of cash to Vegas (because you will gamble it away)... I never saw one winner the whole week I was there. I fear the only people winning are the residents of Vegas (who do not pay taxes) because of the casino's. Obviously they are making lots of dosh (and now I can say some of its mine:).