Hi Everyone, I work full time in finance and conduct food tours in San Diego and Mexico, and I stumbled onto this site while researching Las Vegas. There's definitely a treasure trove of information on this site, and I can't wait to learn more from all of you. I receive a good amount of vacation days with my finance job, so here I am looking to take full advantage of my time off, hopefully in Las Vegas. I love the idea of a quick getaways for some rest and relaxation from the daily grind. I'm pretty practical and don't spend money on unnecessary things. I absolutely LOVE the principle of "optimizing" to get the most for my money and/or time, and I'm excited to learn different strategies for accomplishing that. I enjoy dining out, working out, walking around and exploring places, and going on road trips. My passions are food, culture, and adventure, and I feel I can find all of that in Las Vegas! A quick backstory related to my interest in gambling and Las Vegas. In San Diego, I used to visit Barona casino every now and then, and I enjoyed it there. I mostly played blackjack, casino war, and roulette (they have single 0), and I usually lost money. Somewhere along the way the idea of "optimization" struck me. I wanted to either lose less or gain more for what I was already doing. After some research, earlier this year I found that Harrah's in San Diego is affiliated with Caesar's Rewards (previously Total Rewards), and that turned me off completely to other casinos in the area. Why should I play at any other casino in San Diego other than Harrah's if they don't offer comps in Las Vegas? I ultimately want comps in Las Vegas as opposed to San Diego. With Caesar's Rewards I can play at Harrah's in San Diego AND get comps at all the different Caesar's Rewards hotels in Las Vegas. Now that I've optimized to the best players rewards card, I plan to ONLY play casino games with the lowest house advantage such as Craps and Baccarat (I should have done this earlier)--but in addition to roulette because I enjoy playing it. My goal is to earn RFB as comps, with a hotel room being on top of the list. The most important thing for me now is to devise a good comp strategy. I know to never to play for comps, but I figure comps are a great bonus that add a high value to gambling. With comps, I've received money to spend on nice meals at a restaurant and a $100 gift card to buy whatever, and stayed in nice hotel rooms with a pool and jacuzzi--as opposed to just any inexpensive hotel because it's the most affordable. I also did a staycation at Harrah's with my family recently, and it was a fun and memorable time. I find high value in these experiences that I likely would not have done if I had to pay for them myself. Anyhow, I'm definitely looking to optimize my comps, and I appreciate the accumulated wisdom and advice on this forum. One final thought: I love the idea of themed hotels. I have a big imagination and can't wait to explore and learn about the little details and nuances of the different hotels in Las Vegas, and yes that includes Downtown for any uniquely themed casinos. I think it's amazing that you can see the Eiffel Tower, watch an erupting volcano and go back in time to the pirate era, and visit the Great Wall of China (2020?) all in one place! Las Vegas is definitely magical, and I can't wait to learn from everyone. Here's to the next great adventure!