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Cashing in change Downtown

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels' started by Aphbig1371, May 30, 2019.

  1. Aphbig1371

    Aphbig1371 Tourist

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    13 day trip starts at the Cal Saturday night. Just put a coffee can full of change in my checked bag. Is El Cortez the best option? Im willing to go off the grid if someone is offering a $5 match play.
     
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    i am not aware of any place that is offering a perk for loose change.
    it has been a while since I have heard of such a promotion.
     
  3. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate High-rolling diner. Low-rolling gambler.

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    If it were me, I’d simply separate the quarters, and have them swapped at the cage at any casino that has quarter coin-dropper slots, since you can simply tell them you were playing those machines.

    Then for the pennies/nickels/dimes, either simply pay the fee on that part of the coins to have it machine sorted... or use those for an actual transaction somewhere depending on how much it is.

    Probably not worth doing for just $5, but that’s one way to avoid paying the fee.
     
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  4. vegasdev

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    coinstar will let you apply the full amount to a gift card, no fees taken out. I use it for pennies and get a SBUX gift card.
    has that changed since the last time I used it? maybe 2 years ago.
     
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    I think I recall seeing a change sorting machine at El Cortez. I thought I had a picture of it but can't find it right now. Or maybe I'm dreaming...

    This brings back memories of when I first started going to Reno with a sock full of random American coins in my carry on in the late 80's. Great fun!!

    Good luck @Aphbig!!
     
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  6. ngrund

    ngrund Low-Roller

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    only some coinstars have the gift card option, you should check on the coinstar website first, and the casino ones usually don't.

    op was about downtown, but unless its changed, Ellis Island has a a fee free option-I think as long as you have a card they will give you cash at the cage, or if you take it as free play
     
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  7. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    I did our local walmart a few months ago. Got a Southwest Giftcard - no fee.
     
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    I was in line behind a dude holding a huge coffee can full of change at HOOTERS last year.
    They changed it into cash for him no problems.

    I never even knew that was an option until then!
     
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  9. joespoolhall

    joespoolhall Low-Roller

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    why not just cash it in before you leave? Seems a lot easier.

    Good Luck!
    Ric at Joes
     
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  10. Don the Dentist

    Don the Dentist LV resident

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    4Q has a coin counter.
     
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    JRRestoule High-Roller

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    We usually take the change that we've accumulated over a trip to the cashier on the last day. Never had any problems converting to cash. Usually comes out to $10-$20 in mostly nickels and pennies.
    I didn't realize that you had to pay for this service at some places? Or that some places would actually pay you, as in give you a $5 match play?
     
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    Ummm....maybe your bank before you leave. They may have lighter paper money for you.
     
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  13. Richard Morgan

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    The D will, at a minimum, count the quarters - or you can use them in the Sigma Derby game!
     
  14. LvBlitzforce

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    Why in the world would you want to pack it, bring it here, then carry it to a casino in hopes they cash it when you could simply take it to any bank or grocery store before leaving for LV?
     
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  15. VegasSam

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    Coins can get heavy, a coffee can full could exceed 10 lbs. I hope you’re considering that and are staying under the 50 pound limit per bag.
     
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    While I completely "get" why turning in coins is exciting...I just wouldn't go through the trouble of carrying them from home. Turn them in at home and carry the cash. It will still feel "free." Things were different when I first started gambling. I only went twice per year and spent the other six months saving my quarters. Those I did bring in my suitcase, but I was pretty poor so it wasn't very heavy...the most ever was probably $60 worth.

    Whatever you decide...best of luck!
     
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    I used to always bring my saved up coin to Vegas. Why? Because I would drive so it wasn't a big hassle hauling it through the airport. Because it was extra gambling money Mrs AlanLeroy didn't count as part of my gambling budget. And I thought it was Lucky. Not so much anymore. All the old traditions are dying.
     
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    I take my coins to one of many Credit Union Banks and they convert it to paper money for free. It's better than taking a jar of Vaseline and going to a coinstar machine and paying them almost 9%.
     
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    I cash my change in at my bank, before I leave for Vegas. No fee at all. Then when I return from Vegas with all the change I get from cashed in tickets, I throw it back into my Vegas bank for the next trip. LOL

    Although, on our last trip, the TSA totally un packed my carry on, because I had a quart size bag filled to the top with change. Yes, they actually took the bag of coins and sorted through them. Lesson learned, from now on, I will check a bag, then coins can go in there. LOL
     
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  20. letsgotovegas

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    I’m pretty sure the Cal cage will run it through their coin counter free. It’s been a few years but I’m sure we did this there. It was just what we’d accumulated while staying there. About a cup full?

    I know Gold Coast will do the same for no charge. And there you can even have dimes and 50 cent pieces no problem. We did this just last month.
     
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