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Advice for a Super Duper Low Roller?

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by Reindeerz, Jun 10, 2012.

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  1. sb_039

    sb_039 Tourist

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    Hi Tracy! I used to stay at the Riviera quite a few years ago and found that there were not many good food options there. They do, however, have a food court which should help out your budget.

    Just a suggestion that if you plan to gamble at all (even a little) to limit it to one property group (i.e. Harrahs or MGM) so you can build up some comps on your own.

    Hope this helps and good luck with the pool tournament!
     
  2. Jerseyguy

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    It's just my sarcastic sense of humor

    I dont really mean you should look to pick up guys willing to wine and dine you.But if youre a good pool player hmmmm...
     
  3. Reindeerz

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    I assumed. LOL I think I'll be fine on my own, and not a big wine drinker anyhow. :)

    Now my roommate... I just hope I don't wind up having to bail her out of trouble.. She's 21, single and her first time away from home without her parents.

    Just curious, how is the slot club program at Riviera? Would I be better to hold in my gambling til I can make it downtown or at least across to Circus Circus?
     
  4. LolaDoggie

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    Maybe nap/relax/pooltime for your free time during the day? Explore the strip after dark?

    I think you'll be able to make it work financially and still eat well. I hope the 21 year old roommate works out. Let us know how it went!
     
  5. Joe

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    Everyone has a different definition of "nice" and price points. A suggestion is to make a reservation at The Steak House, directly across the street from the Riv at Circus Circus. Always highly rated and a short walk from your hotel. Meals are reasonably priced by Vegas standards and include sides. Many "nice" places are a la carte.

    http://www.circuscircus.com/images/PDF/SteakhouseMenu.pdf
     
  6. Jerseyguy

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    Ask anyone about the "legendary " Ellis Island Steak Special

    If you find yourselves near Bally's ,it's two long blocks behind on Koval Lane. If you are taking busses maybe theres a way to get there. I dont recommend walking around that area too much but thats kind of debatable. Great dinner for $7.99, worth going out of your way for.
     
  7. theshaah

    theshaah High-Roller

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    Tracy,

    If I was in town I'd gladly buy you dinner with my many b1g1 coupons. It's not the same as a vegas high roller....quite the opposite really, but at least someone is buying you dinner and not expecting anything in return just good company. LOL


    Adam
     
  8. Reindeerz

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    Thanks again for all the great advice. :)

    I think I've convinced the 21 year old roommate not to go looking for trouble LOL. (I'm 32, but feel like her mom... there's a world of difference in those 11 years.)

    Did decide to spring for a ACG book. Will be there 11 days, and at any given time will have 7 - 9 others in town that I play with or at least know, so figure there will be some people looking for cheap eats, so those B1G1's will come in handy. I've never really learned much about table games, but with some of those match plays (if I can make it downtown especially) It will be worth giving them a shot, and some cheap entertainment.

    I'm counting down the days!
     
  9. KKB

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    FORGET the monorail

    Riv is fine (clean, safe), if a bit inconveniently located.

    LVHIlton is NOT "right next" to the Riv...and the monorail is overpriced. Bus is a far cheaper, more convenient way to travel.

    Walking--grab a big brimmed hat & layer on the sunscreen. I find mornings & after sundown to be quite comfortable in the summer in Vegas. If I have to walk during the heat of the day, I try to stay on the side of the street that is shaded (east side first half of day, west side second half) & I walk through every casino for A/C & relief from the sun. But there is a distance between Riv & Encore that must be walked w/ no protection.

    ACG is great plan. Lasvegas4locals is also a great coupon site--start googling, you will be amazed!

    Downtown everything is cheaper--grab the bus down. And the casinos are close together & the street is covered.

    I bring protein or breakfast bars for breakfast; if there is no coffee maker, pack your own or pick one up at the nearby Walgreens (though it will still be cheaper to buy one at home if you have room in your luggage). Bring your own mug, coffee & filters. I also bring nuts & other nonperishables--I play poker tourneys so I don't always know when I will eat. Ask if you can get a fridge--at most, $10/day--bet your roommate would split it.

    I don't recommend the hot dogs at Slots of fun...I do recommend the steakhouse at CC.

    jerseyguy forgot to mention the name of the place he is speaking of--Ellis Island, just east of Ballys. I wouldn't walk at night, either. Probably safe, but just wise. GREAT special, not on menu, $7.99 for decent sirloin, salad, potato, veggies, roll & microbrew or homemade root beer.

    Great way to save $ on meals is to order a glass of water--those sodas can add up quick. Drinks free when gambling--otherwise stock up at ABC store or Walgreens for when you aren't (alcoholic drinks or not)

    11 days!! Woo hoo! We are doing our longest trip ever--7 days--next month. I am already looking into "free" (re: cheap) shows so it doesn't get TOO expensive. Mac King, Nathan Burton & Jeff Civillico all have afternoon shows that will run you about $15, usually w/ a drink. Goldstar had some "free" offerings last week--they are gone now, hoping they will pop up again.

    Have fun!!!! GOOD LUCK!
     
  10. cymbals

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    We ate at Ellis Island last night, we had to wait 20 min. but the food was really good and very resonably priced. I would highly recommend it.
     
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