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First Vegas Trip Tips

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by VegasSchemer, May 18, 2016.

  1. VegasSchemer

    VegasSchemer Low-Roller

    Jan 22, 2014
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    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.
  2. 63hearts

    63hearts Low-Roller

    Aug 30, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    First ten that come mind

    Take the WAX, forget the taxi

    Booze at Walgreens or ABC

    consider normal food for the room, not every meal is a sit down

    Envelope system for gambling, expenses, or both

    Outlet malls

    Pick two casinos and seed them with your play for future offers, this trip is about seeding, there's plenty of time fore the eight casinos in a night trip

    Golden gate shrimp cocktail

    Sigma derby

    Drunken bingo at the plaza

    Quarter roulette at elcortez
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  3. adbynot

    adbynot Low-Roller

    Mar 31, 2010
    Trips to Las Vegas:
  4. MikeOPensacola

    MikeOPensacola VIP Whale

    Sep 26, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Here are a few tips that might be helpful:

    1. Take a good pair of walking shoes. Lots of walking in LV; objects may appear closer than they are...

    2. Lip balm comes in handy.

    3. Save your change each day to tip housekeeping. Better to tip them each day, and get better daily service, than to tip for the entire trip at the end. Saving your change each day is an easy and painless way to tip. I leave mine in a glass on my bed stand with a note.

    4. Don't get intimidated by playing table games if you are new to casino going. Lessons are available and dealers, as well as fellow players, are more often than not happy to help.

    5. Book your reservations directly with the hotel vs. third parties. It is MUCH easier to make changes and offers greater flexibility.

    6. Stay on the strip your first visit and don't try to see/do everything. Relax, take in the sights & sounds and you'll have a great time.

    7. This link will tell you when/what/how big conventions are in town. During big conventions and big time sporting events room rates will increase dramatically. http://www.lasvegastourism.com/conventions_may.htm

    8. I've experienced, and heard/read from many others, that the least expensive days for domestic airfare are Tuesday's and Wednesday's.

    9. Read up on any games that you think you might play before you go; this will probably at least save you some $$$ and might even make you some.

    10. On your first trip to Las Vegas remember it well because you'll remember it for the rest of your life.....
    College Football Galore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  5. jamesxnj

    jamesxnj VIP Whale

    Oct 12, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    That's good advice right there Mike. #3 is a must for humid Floridians..That Vegas breeze is like a hairdryer..
    And keep a 'tip' budget..It's gonna be a few bucks,quite a few actually but it's a must if you want the best experiences with the people that rely on them.

    And a tip to Housekeeping in the hallway is always taken if you need extra towels,shampoo coffee etc.even better when you tell them no service needed for the day..Gives them a break and if you're neat enough why have the intrusion into the room?
  6. Tahoejoe2

    Tahoejoe2 High-Roller

    Dec 8, 2010
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I personally would rent a car. Just from and to the airport is $50. I've rented cars for under $100 for 4 days.
    DT to strip $20 each way. Talking about cabs
    Superbowl Baby
  7. rvallez6

    rvallez6 Low-Roller

    Nov 20, 2013
    Campbell, CA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    For the first trip, don't book based on lowest price, check out the location. There are still decent deals on mid strip properties, and location is a major factor. Check out the location on google and do some street view viewing to get an idea of the surrounding area.
  8. Jaci2014

    Jaci2014 Low-Roller

    Mar 10, 2015
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Absolutely lip balm/skin moisturizer--those from humid South Carolina agree with those from humid Florida. Ditto on rental car, tips for housekeepers and coupon use.