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Budget Vegas Trip!

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by tonysoprano24, Aug 21, 2015.

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  1. tonysoprano24

    tonysoprano24 Low-Roller

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    So my first couple of Vegas trips were on a budget, then I graduated college had some extra income and with no mortgage/family etc...I never really had a budget for my Vegas trips.

    But now I'm flying my 21 year old cousin out today and this will be his first Vegas trip (I covered his flight and hotel) so I will have to watch my own budget and also don't want to make him feel like he's missing out....sorry to say I have forgotten all the fun/free things that are available in Vegas.... and where all the cheap gambling is.

    We will be staying Fri and Saturday night at Planet Hollywood...so here is what I want to get a general idea of

    Where can I find cheap ($5 a hand) blackjack on the strip on the weekend....if not its ok I'm willing to go downtown so my cousin whose not a huge gambler can get more for his money

    Also who has some good free play offers? My cousin doesn't have any of the players cards so he's a first timer I think that's a good way to squeeze out some extra juice

    Besides the obvious (fountains, volcano, conservatory) free stuff on the strip any other big ones I'm just missing?

    I chose planet hollywood because it has decent cheap food options (earl of sandwich buffet etc..) but any other good priced food joints around there?


    He's not even a huge drinker so that saves me some big bar tabs! will just have to hrab a bottle of titos at the ABC store

    Thank you All I will be checking this periodically...my cousin is already in the air and I am about to fly out of AZ!
     
  2. danny8235

    danny8235 Low-Roller

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    Rallies at PH. 9.99 prime rib 8 oz 4-9 pm. Stk eggs breakfast 6.99 6-11 am
     
  3. ScoobyDoo

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    If you are looking for 'free' things to do, MGM is now offering 20-30 min guided open house tours of the Cirque production 'KA' on Tuesdays at 11am which might be interesting. Pinball Hall of Fame is always fun and inexpensive.

    For eats, I am looking forward to trying the new Shake Shack by Monte Carlo/New York and the blue plate lunch special at Yardbirds ($15 for their fried chicken lunch) at the Venetian. If you head to downtown/Fremont, you might want to check out PizzaRock or Le Thai.

    You should also take a trip to Fremont for cheap gambling and a for a feel for the old Vegas.
     
  4. M_ILIS

    M_ILIS High-Roller

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    Tropicana, Plaza and Downtown Grand casinos all have loss rebate offers for new club members. There are certain restrictions that come with each, but you might look into those. Casino Royale also has an easy $20 loss rebate for new sign-ups.
     
  5. stephenamorgan

    stephenamorgan Tourist

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    I recommend going to The D downtown and doing the sigma derby game. Its $0.25 a race and you get quick drink service. With it being his first trip to Vegas it also shows him a piece of old Vegas and playing with quarters.

    48th and Crepe at NYNY has $9 crepes that are huge for a good quick cheap breakfast.

    The only player card things I came across last week was $10 for TR and Binion's had something with your first card on black jack was an ace.

    With restaurants I can't think of anything else that my wife and I didn't drop at least $60 for both of us.
     
  6. CoveredinBeer

    CoveredinBeer Low-Roller

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    Definitely go to Casino Royale. That's the easiest $20 loss rebate I've ever seen.

    Downtown is definitely an option. Going to be tough finding $5 hands on the strip on the weekend. You could also give Palace Station a try. It's just off the strip or Ellis Island. It's still possible to do the Strip on a budget but it's getting harder and harder.
     
  7. tonysoprano24

    tonysoprano24 Low-Roller

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    Oh nice I thought sigma derby was dead but it can be found downtown? Nice!
     
  8. kleland

    kleland Tourist

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    I think NYNY still has a $5 table, it's usually packed though and has crappy 6:5 rules
     
  9. abraxis

    abraxis Low-Roller

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    MGM Grand also had a sigma derby machine when I went on 4 th of July. It was near the buffet, however it was being worked on by a crew of technicians. I can't be positive that it's still there
     
  10. tonysoprano24

    tonysoprano24 Low-Roller

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    I remember playing that about four years ago! I will check it out and post an update
     
  11. jbpiv01

    jbpiv01 Tourist

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    Hooters...$3 Blackjack 24/7
     
  12. M0rtyC

    M0rtyC Low-Roller

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    Ellis Island behind Bally's for good cheap food and very good micro brews.
     
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  13. stephenamorgan

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    I was at The D last week and my wife and I played Sigma Derby two different days and everything worked perfectly. I had someone tell me at the table that MGM no longer had it.
     
  14. tringlomane

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    Damn that sucks...was hoping to play it at MGM next week! It was near the poker room last time I saw it in April. I'm hoping he missed it.

    Another cheap food selection. Chipotle at Food Court between Harrah's/Casino Royale or Chipotle at Miracle Mile Mall. The company charges standard nationwide prices at both locations.

    Free attraction w/coupon: The auto collections at Linq

    http://autocollections.com/print_pass.cfm

    The Flamingo habitat is worth 10 minutes too, imo.
     
  15. Jon E Coyote

    Jon E Coyote Low-Roller

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    It was still there as of June of this year, they keep moving it around it seems, it was PACKED last time I saw it.

    The Westin has 25 cent roulette certain times of the day, Hooters used to, not sure if they do anymore
     
  16. Shades

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    Thanks for the link for the car collection that could come in very handy for our trip in September. :thumbsup:

    :cool:
     
  17. sapphirevegas

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    Harrahs had an afternoon free slot tourney during the week. don't know if they still do. Just make sure he has his CET players card already as you need it to sign in. Its only 3 minutes of playing, but its fun and free!
     
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    You may have 10 points of alot play on your account before you can pay in the tourney
     
  19. FuzzyDiceCraps

    FuzzyDiceCraps High-Roller

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    As of two weeks ago Sigma Derby was still at MGM, I killed a couple hours there on our trip, always takes me back.

    That being said 2-3 of the stations were not working, but the game itself worked fine, and I actually won a surprisingly decent amount of money there, think it was the first time I've ever won money at Sigma Derby. I also always get fantastic drink service at the game at MGM for some reason. I'm not a fan of MGM grand or that portion of the strip in general, but I always make a trip specifically for Sigma Derby. :)
     
  20. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Yeah you need 10 points. $50 coin-in on slots/$100 on VP.
     
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