Las Vegas, Sin City, the party capital of America! You will either love Vegas or you will hate Vegas. It is a city built on extremes, huge extravagant hotels, pools, casinos, parties and the other side of the coin; mass poverty, gambling, drug and alcohol problems. Some people will visit once and never return, others will stay 3 days at a time and come back year after year, and there are those that will stay for 3 days and never leave. This city changes people.
I stayed in Vegas for 7 days back in May 2015. I loved it. I want to go back again! I averaged 4 hours sleep a night, spent 70% of my time in the casinos, partied in some of the world’s best night clubs and survived off the hotels all you can eat “breakfast” buffet. I use the term “breakfast” loosely as this buffet was open from 6am – 10am but served everything from cornflakes, to sushi, lobster and roast pork on a spit!
Vegas can be widely expensive, the longer you stay the less meaning money seems to have and the more you feel you need to spend. $100 on dinner and wine?- Yep no big deal. $40 on a show?- That’s fine. $30 club entry and $10 for a beer? fair enough, $12,000 for a table and bottle service?- Urm no! All this is excluding the gambling, you will regularly see people sitting on the “smaller tables” betting $5 minimums, but they will easily bet $1000 a day. Others will bet $1000 a hand and be in and out within 10 minutes. If you are not careful Las Vegas will eat you up and spit you out, one minute you may be sitting happy, a couple hundred dollars up on a nice table taking advantage of the casino free drinks, 20 minutes later you will be throwing in your last few chips desperately trying to earn money so you don’t have to dip into the next day’s funds to eat. I visited there with 3 friends, one came away from Vegas having won money, not a huge amount but he was happy, I came away having broken even (the last 2 days bled me dry!) another came away having lost money but not too much and was happy, the final one came away blowing his budget, dipping into his savings and also owing 2 of us around $800. When you are in Vegas it comes down to self-control! And it really is a good test of discipline. Of course you don’t have to gamble, after all it is a mugs game and the house will always win, if you take that approach you are already ahead, however if you are like me and think life is too short not to have some fun then you will likely spend a couple of hours, or 40 on the tables.
If you want to gamble, I like to follow these rules;
– Apply for a player’s card, you will earn points that eventually can be used to pay for hotel rooms, tickets and meals
– Only bet what you can afford!
– Have a gambling budget for each day, once it’s gone its gone.
– Take advantage of the free drinks but don’t get silly, yes you can get free alcohol which in Vegas can save you a lot of money, but don’t go silly, drunk gambling is not good, get a free Pepsi too, even that can be pricey at restaurants!
– Sit at the table that suits your betting level, if you are new and don’t want to spend much don’t sit at $20 minimum tables, look for the $5s.
– Stay away from the slots, I have seen people waste so much money and time starting at bright lights and pressing buttons, at least the tables are social!
– When you bet have a get out figure in mind, there is nothing worse than being up several hundred and then losing it all. If I bought in $200 I would aim to double my money, once I was at $400 I would leave.
– Enjoy yourself, once it becomes boring and you are not having fun just get up and walk away otherwise you might as well be sitting therewith your cash and a lighter and just be burning it.
– Shop around, some casinos offer better house odds that others especially when it comes to games like blackjack.
– Play smart, some games you will have more chance of winner. Blackjack for example has one of the best odds for you winning, they are of course still not great, and of course it does not always come down to luck you also need some skill, whereas games such as roulette is pure luck (some people disagree, but you pick a number, colour or row and hope the ball lands on it- in my mind no skill involved)
Las Vegas has a huge choice of world class hotels on offer. The majority of entertainment, eating and general Vegas life goes on inside the many hotels. The Strip is the best location to stay and gives you easy access to the vast majority of the hotels, however be warned, you may think that the strip is just one road, yes it is but it will take you about an hour to walk from 1 end to the other and if you are doing that in the middle of summer- Good luck to you!
Even with all the extravagance and glitz and glamour in these monstrous hotels there are still some bargains to be found. Make sure you sign up to a player’s card and get points for everything, also whatever room you book always offer the person on check in a nice tip, in this place more than most $10 will get you a long way!
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