I was thinking it may helpful to have a thread full of suggestions on how to maximize comps/EV as a new player who may not be ready to completely dive into Vegas. I know my own play level has increased considerably since I first started going. so here are my tips and invite you add your ideas: These are largely for downtown casinos 1) pick a side. Either stay and play downtown or on the strip. Unless you've got at least a 4+ day trip, you can't take it all in without a rental car (and the cost conscious shouldn't get a rental). 2) if you live within a couple hours flight, I'd go with allegiant or spirit not only for the lower prices but also the gambling promos they have ($50 in matchplays and $40 freeplay from allegiant casino partners). 3) Gaming: get the American Casino Guide and Las Vegas Advisor coupon books. Use the gaming coupons for golden gate and the D. All of them. The 200 points for $25 will be on top of the $10 freeplay your first 100 points will earn, so you've got a great play there. Play $200 through a nickel up to quarter machine and then play your $35 in freeplay on $1 videoblackjack at the casino bar. This has consistently been enough play for my friends that I've shown around town to get 3 free nights and a small freeplay/food credit offer. The D also has an offer in the coupon books where every 50 points gets you $5 in freeplay. Also a decent way to get started on setting up a future offer. Finally, look up whether any casinos are doing cashback or freeplay deals for your first $100-$500 in losses. The Plaza often has some variation of this. This play will also give you a shot at an initial offer from the hotel. Some will say you should concentrate all your play at one place, which I would hold off on until a return trip. Play at a few spots and see what you like. If you're only putting 1-2k through a machine, you're not leaving much on the table by spreading out your play. 4) Hotel: Priceline express deals is a great option because you can sites like betterbidding to figure out exactly which hotel you're getting (or within 2-3 options). The LVA also has an option for a 2 for 1 stay at el Cortez's cabana suites, which are fairly nice. If you want to stay in the strip, the Facebook/mobile app game myVegas is the way to go. You can a free night (sun-thurs) at one of those properties for a few weeks worth of play. That's where I'd start. Note: these are ideas for budget travelers. If you want a fancy, relaxing stay in Vegas without any play history, you'll just have to pay.