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Vegas Virgin for 10 more days... Suggestions??

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by JFowl, Sep 13, 2018.

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  1. JFowl

    JFowl Tourist

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    (My apologies in advance for the wall of text...)

    Hey guys, I've been lurking this board for about a month in preparation for my first Vegas trip. I'm going for my 30th birthday in 10 days, my significant other and I (plus my brother) will be first timers and are staying at Planet Hollywood for 3 nights. We're traveling with my mom, step dad, and grandmother who have all been to Vegas multiple times (they're staying at Bally's thanks to some comps). I know they will be venturing off the strip more (Hoover Dam, Freemont St) to do things they haven't done on previous trips, but since we will be there for our first time we really want to soak up the strip so I'm looking for any tips or suggestions. We are all pretty big gamblers (no crazy bankrolls, about 1k each set aside for purely gambling for the 3 nights). I'm trying to get better at blackjack because I think it's a little more straightforward and I've played a bit at more local places that have the virtual dealer I've seen on here, but never at an actual table. Truthfully, I know it's the lowest odds, but slots are our favorites (Buffalos FTW). My mom really wants us to go to Fremont St with them and I'm sure we will, but I do think I'll primarily stick to the strip with it being my first time. What casinos would you recommend? I've found the posts about daily play to be helpful and something I hadn't thought about, we aren't chasing comps, but should we stick to primarily Ceasers casinos because of where we are staying? We bundled our flights/hotel through Southwest Vacations so I don't think there will be much they can do in terms of comps for our hotel from my understanding, but I know we will want to go back soon (and thankfully the family paid for mine/SO's flights as a birthday present so I'm not that worried about the hotel since it came down to us only paying $300 for the 3 nights at PH).

    So I guess my biggest questions are...
    -Did we make an ok choice to stay at PH? If not what should we consider for the next go-around and where should we play to get offers for other places.
    -Where would you recommend playing while on the strip? (Again, primarily slots unless I can convince SO to indulge in some blackjack for better odds)
    -Should I give in and go with the family to Fremont St or save that for the next trip? (I'm going to pass on the Hoover Dam tour and they are already aware of it, I am sure that it is awesome but that's not exactly what I'm looking to do for my first Vegas trip)
    -None of the shows are particularly interesting to me, any recommendations? (but that will probably change once there, I've only ever spent 1-2 nights at casinos they have in Oklahoma or making day trips to Oaklawn which is here in Arkansas, and with many of them there weren't many other options for things to get out and do so we just gambled the whole time.) Plus we regularly travel to concerts and just got back from Taylor Swift in Kansas City and will be going to Nashville early October to see another artist we like.
    -I didn't look at conventions before going, it looks like ASIS will be going on while we are there? Will places be packed because of this?

    My mom and step dad are renting a bigger vehicle that will fit everyone if we did decide to venture off the strip with them so finding transportation won't be too much of an issue. We are arriving at 5pm LV time on Sunday evening and departing early afternoon on Wednesday.
     
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  2. Sonya

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    First, Welcome to VMB!

    PHo is a good, central location. The casino can be a little loud for some of the senior set, but looks like they are staying at Bally's, so you should be fine.

    Play where you feel like playing. You can sign up for a Total Rewards card and consolidate your play at CET properties, as all of them count towards future offers and comps. Or you can spread it around. Do whatever works for you. I spread my play around (Mlife, TR/CET and Cosmo) but I don't gamble enough to really get recognized by any casinos. I do get free rooms at CET sometimes, but they aren't exactly calling me at home to ask me to come back. :)

    If you charge your food to your room, you can ask for them to comp some of it on the back end, even if you're staying as part of a 3rd party package.

    I love Fremont Street at night. I think you should go if you have an opportunity. I'm sure someone else will disagree with me. :)

    They are doing some renovations at Hoover Dam through January, and some of the tours will be impacted. No online reservations, only first come/first served. Check out this thread and you may want to let the rest of your group know, so they aren't surprised when they get there - https://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php?threads/hoover-dam-tours-to-be-limited-oct-jan.154460/

    First Vegas trips are wonderful. So much of your time will be spent just wandering around and gawking at all the sights. Don't overplan. Don't have too many expectations. Have a rough idea of the things you definitely want to see, some you think might be fun and then just wing it for the rest.

    Have a great trip!
     
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  3. PhoenixFord

    PhoenixFord Tourist

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    Small World.
     
  4. jcombs

    jcombs Low-Roller

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    If you're there for 3 nights, check out Fremont street one night...I didn't go the first 3-4 trips I took to Vegas, and wish I would have checked it out sooner. It's just such a different, but great, vibe than what you get on the strip.
     
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  5. topcard

    topcard Vegas Has Re-Opened!

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    With $1000 for 3-days, you'd really better plan on $5 & $10 blackjack....which means you do NOT want to play on the strip.
    Good thing there's a free shuttle that runs to/from the High Roller ferris wheel & the Gold Coast, where you will find plenty of $5 & $10 double-deck, 3:2 blackjack (pitch) & DAS is permitted.

    As for Fremont St.? I too think you should go. Be sure the visit the El Cortez (great low-limit blackjack & fun craps tables), and visit Golden Gate as well... two of the oldest operating casinos in all of Vegas. Sure, the strip is all shiny and fancy, but there's something to be said for gritty, old-school & authentic...& you can still experience some of that downtown.
    Good luck!
    Be sure to report to us how it all goes!
    (& welcome to VMB!)
    :beer:

    (PS - a good, inexpensive show can be had downtown at 4-Queens - 'Mike Hammer'...google him & read some reviews. I enjoyed that show thoroughly. $37 for "vip" tix...which includes your first 2 drinks & table seating (instead of plain chairs & no table.)
     
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  6. K-9treatbaker

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    Topcard,

    Thanks for the tip on the Mike Hammer show at the 4 Queens.
     
  7. Lady Fortuna

    Lady Fortuna Blessed with luck and ignorance...

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    YES! The location of PH is perfect, right in the middle of everything. And the casino is great too!

    If you want to get on their radar, I would indeed focus my play on CET. PH itself is a great casino. From there walking up North, you pass - all on your right - Paris, Bally's, Cromwell, Flamingo, LINQ and Harrah's, and on your left Caesars Palace. Those are all CET locations. I think as first timer, it doesn't matter much where you play, it's all new and exciting. Maybe do a CET casino crawl the first night and then decide where you most like the vibe and can find the nicest slots?

    By saying "give in", I sense that you are not very enthusiastic to do it, so I vote no for this trip and yes (!) to do it on another trip. But on a Saturday night, as then it is most lively and entertaining.

    Sorry to say, but then I wouldn't waste time on a show. I think a show is only worth your time and money, if it's a must see for you. Otherwise there are so much more fun things to do. Even just walking on the Strip is more fun imo. But I'm probably not the right person to answer this one, cause I don't like shows in general (with some exceptions, the must sees), will just fall asleep after 10 minutes (can be useful in Vegas though, a power nap).
     
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  8. MARK

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    You should definitely check out Fremont one night. Low rollers paradise.
     
  9. jamesxnj

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    No expert here,but I did read the VMB yesterday.If you play the majority of your bankroll at CET,it's safe to assume a few comped rooms midweek for a future trip and as soon as your trip is over,you'll be planning the next one like a lot of us veterans here do.
    Penn and Teller/Rio may be a good show for the group if they are not dark.You may find a $10 BJ table there albeit 6-5 BJ,buuuut you are 'investing' for a future trip. Yes checkout downtown just for the experience...
    Others will chime in here as I suggest you and your SO play on the same card at the slots to maximize the coin-in.The TR desk will always print you extra cards..Have a great trip!!
     
  10. deansrobinson

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    -Did we make an ok choice to stay at PH? Yeah, that's a fine choice...great location...and CET is CET.
    -Where would you recommend playing while on the strip? I would recommend any place that allows gaming. IMNSHO there's not a whole ton of difference when it comes to slots and felt on the strip (especially considering your bankroll). $10 BJ is $10 BJ. You'll find the same slots in every casino.
    -Should I give in and go with the family to Fremont St or save that for the next trip? Again, IMNSHO Fremont Street Experience is kinda one-n-done. If for no other reason than so you can check that box. Everyone has an opinion on gaming strip vs downtown.
    -None of the shows are particularly interesting to me, any recommendations? If this is indeed your first time in Vegas, three days is going to be overwhelming. Just leave a show for next time.
    -I didn't look at conventions before going, it looks like ASIS will be going on while we are there? Will places be packed because of this? I don't know. Vegas has always been crowded every time I've gone. March Madness, middle of summer to the week of Christmas.
     
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    I think you should stay in the house the next 10 days to make sure nothing happens.
     
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    Do yourself a favor. Go to the Cosmo across the street from Planet H. Sign up for their players card. Play slots there. Get lots of free/strong drinks. And repeat.

    Im 34 and been going to LV since I was 15. I never really appreciated downtown until my last few trips. I leave Wednesday and saying my first two nights downtown and the other off Strip. Downtown is downtown. Dont let it scare you. Go see some weird people and drink some cheap drinks and a cheap meal. I like gambling downtown. Its the only play I win semi frequently.
     
  14. Rhaethe

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    My husband's "Vegas Virginity" was broken at Planet Hollywood. Mine at Platinum. I was solo at mine, and with him at Planet Hollywood. We truly enjoyed our stay at PH. A $20 sandwich trick and the mention that it was his first trip to Vegas ever garnered us a beautiful room upgrade with perfect views of the Bellagio fountains. The location is very central and we were able to explore a lot of the Strip. For Strip exploration, I would recommend picking a restaurant at different casinos.

    I definitely recommend making a trip to the Mirage and going to The Rhumbar. I don't drink booze, but they were more than willing to make any and all of their signature mojitos alcohol free. For that, I adore them. Lovely patio, too :)

    From my very limited experience, all the blackjack tables on the Strip were pretty high on minimums. We had to go downtown to find a $3 or $5 dollar minimum table. Found a couple of those at off-strip locals type casinos as well. If trying to find low minimum BJ tables is not a worry for you, then any of the Strip tables should do you :) I was honestly not as fond of any of the Downtown casinos, although Main Street Station had gorgeous stained glass. I am really picky about air quality, and the locations there were less than stellar in that department. On Strip, air quality was mostly fine except for Bally's, which was bad enough to make me run for the exit. Our favorite On-Strip locations were Planet Hollywood, Mirage, Aria, Flamingo, and Cosmo. Off Strip casinos we enjoyed were Sunset Station, The Palms, and Silverton.

    Our Planet Hollywood View when we went. Hopefully you shall get something as nice :)

    phview.jpg

    ~C
     
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    My best advice for your first trip is to not make any plans at all!
    In a 3 day stay your mind will be reeling trying to fit all the "must do's" in.
    Just relax and enjoy whatever seems to fun in the moment. Everything (mostly) will be there next time you visit.
    On subsequent visits you can make solid plans, after figuring out how you want to do Vegas. Everything looks all shiny and new the first time.
    Don't overthink stuff. Enjoy!:cheers:
     
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    While ASIS is a fairly big convention (My hubs attends every year) it isn't like the CES crowd or anything. It's held at the convention center and a large portion of the attendees stay right around the area. That leaves, imo, your location less busy. During the day 8 a.m. to 4ish they will be in classes etc., so the daytime would be the time to try out those popular machines/tables. Night time should be rockin' for sure. Take time at the pool also as those guys won't be around!! I'll be downtown where 99.9% of them won't be...lol and my hubs is on the strip until Thursday then he's back with me DT. Can't wait...10 more days!!!!!

    Whatever you decide and however you do Vegas just have fun and WIN!
     
  17. JFowl

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    Thanks for the input everyone, I appreciate it!! 6 more days!
     
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    Wife and I cant wait till you get there. \/ \/ \/ \/.
     
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    Planet Hollywood is a perfect location. I don't like downtown, but if they are going for a few hours, yeah tag along. You might like it. (or not if you're having too much fun)

    I get a lot of free rooms with CET on their rate calendar and I hate them and don't really play there, so you will hopefully get something down the line. My offers are terrible on their site but if I go straight to the calendar I have lots of free days there.

    I'm on the don't make plans team, but especially the first time, I think making a list of things you want to do is a good idea. There's a lot going on and it's big and confusing so having a list of what you'd like to see and where it is can be helpful. You may not get to all or any of them but trying to figure out what to do on the fly can be a pain. Or you're close to something you wanted to see but forget until you get back.

    I wouldn't plan a show either. I would check them out and add them to the list and if you decide you want to go when you are there, then grab tickets. I'm not a show person and would feel like I'm wasting Vegas time doing one haha. You may feel the same, or really be into it, but it beats buying tickets then not wanting to go. My hubby has made me go to a couple now, but other than Ricky Martin (RAWR), I would have been fine not going too. And Ricky was a last minute decision.
     
  20. sterlingcooper05

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    For casino hopping, you can't beat staying near the central strip. You can tour all the nearby casinos to get a feel for where you'd want to stay next time. There's more of a party atmosphere at PH, playing there can get pretty loud at night. Downtown is worth the visit and your money will go further at the tables. I found shows to be a good break from the casino madness, especially with a lower bankroll. Absinthe is a riot and well worth the $100 ticket. Try to keep the group plans to a minimum, so you're not waiting around for other people while you could be seeing Vegas.
     
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