Money Saving Tips For First Time Visitors to Las Vegas

This was our second trip to Las Vegas and it did not disappoint. There were more hotels than last time and more being built. A visit to downtown is a must to see the light show in the roof area. A technological marvel. We heard it cost $400 million. To say we wandered around hotels every day seems a strange thing to do but anyone who has visited Las Vegas will understand how fascinating that is. Even in February the sun shines and we were able to sunbath around one of the MGM swimming pools.

Five things you should do. Walk into and around every hotel. Take a roller coaster ride at New York New York. Visit the lions and dolphins at the Mirage hotel. Take a helicopter trip over the Grand Canon. And finally take an elevator ride to the top of the Stratosphere hotel to see the fabulous night time view of the Las Vegas strip and surrounding city.

I was not sure if anyone would read an article on money saving tips when visiting Las Vegas. This is the city for gamblers so who is looking to save money? But then I though that, I am not a gambler and I have now visited Las Vegas twice.

Back in 2000 my daughter and I bought my wife a surprise 50th birthday present of a four day trip to Las Vegas. The bonus being it was for four people, which included my wife, myself, my daughter and her husband.

You can fly direct to Las Vegas but this four day visit was an indirect flight stopping at Chicago for four hours then flying on to Las Vegas after four hours stop over. The return flight was the same. So our actual stay in Las Vegas was two full days and three nights. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience especially as I arrange a room upgrade to a suite which looked out over the ‘Strip’. We did not gamble much as there was too much to see and do.

Our second visit to Las Vegas was a complete surprise. This Christmas we as a family decided to keep our present buying to a small token gift as we had started two new businesses and money was tight.

Our son who had not come on our first visit to Las Vegas has since had two holidays in Las Vegas with his wife and in-laws. He told us a few months before Christmas that he was taking another holiday to Las Vegas in February with the in-laws and did we want to go as well. Unfortunately we had booked our summer holiday and another holiday before that was not in our budget.

Anyway on Christmas day after all the small gifts were opened our son and his wife gave us a final gift. When my wife opened it we found a ‘not new’ roulette game, which we thought was a joke gift. He insisted we open the box and we found inside a picture of the MGM hotel in Las Vegas and a lovely short note inviting my wife and I to join them on the visit to Las Vegas, at their expense. We only had to find our spending money. How could we refuse? We had always wanted to go to Las Vegas with him and knew that this year they wanted to start a family and if they did we probably would never get to go to Las Vega with him for many years to come, if ever.

This time we flew direct with Virgin. I must tell you that I have flown with Virgin in the early days and thought them one of the best. But over the years I found the service from Virgin had dropped. This time the service from Virgin was top rate and I would recommend them to anyone.

On this visit to Las Vegas we were staying for a whole week, flying out on an 11am flight from Gatwick on a Friday, which meant leaving home at 5.30am, and returning a week later on a 4pm flight from Las Vegas, landing Saturday morning. Las Vegas airport is a five minute drive from the MGM Hotel.

When we arrived in Las Vegas it was decided to catch a bus to the MGM hotel. They charge $7 per person one way. On our trip back to the Airport at the end of our holiday we caught a taxi. Taxi’s charge $9 per trip from the MGM hotel.

Tip 1. If you are staying at the MGM, Luxor, Excalibur, Mandalay Bay, New York New York hotels, it is cheaper to use a taxi than the shuttle bus if there is more than one of you. But if you are staying further down the ‘Strip’ then the taxi fare goes up and the shuttle bus may be more cost effective.

On this one week trip my wife and I took to Las Vegas 1000, which converted to $1360 at Feb 09 exchange rates. We converted a further 180 towards the end of the week and paid to see a show on a credit card $160. We returned from Las Vegas with $180.

With an eight hour time difference it was mid afternoon on the Friday even though we had left the UK at 11am and had a 10 hour flight. It’s really UK bedtime especially for people of my age.

Tip 2. If it’s your first visit you are probably very excited and want to hit the town or hit the gambling but what ever you do try not to go to bed until it’s late evening. If you go to bed too early your body clock will take longer to adjust to the time difference.

Our first impressions when we ‘hit the town’ after we had unpacked was that the place seemed busy as if the ‘credit crunch’ had not affected Las Vegas. The second thing we noticed was it was not cheap. Having had a number of ‘all inclusive holidays’ over the last few years we found having to pay for everything quite difficult. For people that are used to spending time in hotels the prices are probably quite normal but for us the prices such as a bottle of Budwisser at $6 seemed expensive.

We visited the New York New York hotel the first evening and the first round of drinks at a bar in the hotel was $35 for 4 bottle beers, one coke and one glass of wine. We decided to have a meal in the same hotel and five had steaks and one had pizza. Very good food. The bill came to $153 + $27 (18% tip) + $11 (15% tax) = $191. we understand from past visits to the US that it is expected to tip 12-15%, which is normally a voluntary option. To find it on the bill at 18% is a bit much, we believe.

Tip 3. We found that the 18% tip included on the bill was normally for groups of 6 or more. Therefore if you ask for your bill in groups of two the 18% tip is omitted from the bill and left to your discretion. We found that ‘Dennys’ do not add a tip to any bill no matter what size your group is.

The major disappointment we found on this second visit to Las Vegas was that all the ‘slot’ machines in all the Hotels do not dispense coins as winnings anymore. You feed in dollar bills and if you are lucky to win you will get a slip of paper dispensed as your winning. The tinkering of coins when you win was sadly missing. This slip of paper can be fed into any other slot machine in the same hotel to continue gambling.

Tip 4. If you want to hear the sound of coins dropping with your winning the only place that still uses coins is next to the hotel Circus Circus.

Not being much of a gambler I tended to watch the others but found I wanted a beer while I watched. My son had found on past visits that if you gambled, either on the slots or on the tables, you will be offered complementary drinks from waitresses or barmen at the bar. These drinks are free of charge other than a tip of a couple of dollars to the waitress or barman. The more you gamble the more drinks you are offered.

Every chair in the gambling halls is in front of a slot machine. Even at the bar each seat is in front of a gambling machine embedded in the bar.

Tip 5. It was recommended to me at a number of bars by the barmen that so long as I feed the slot machine with $20 he could feed me complementary drinks. If you win you could be drinking for free all night.

On the first evening of our stay we were advised by my son to join the ‘Players’ club, which meant queuing with passports to receive individual swipe cards. These cards gave you points when you inserted them in the slot machines before you gambled. If you achieved 1500 points during your stay then you may receive complementary gifts like free buffet meals etc.

Just by signing up to get a ‘Players’ club card mean we were entitled to a two for one deal on any of the MGM shows. This option only allowed you to buy the expensive seats at $160, not the cheaper seats at $80. We choose to go to see the Circus du Soliel which was great and cost $160 for two of the bests seats.

Tip 6. Join the ‘Players’ club at any hotel, as soon as you arrive, to ensure you get any complementary deals or freebies going. You can also use your ‘Player’ card in any other hotel in the MGM group which are:

MGM Grand, Bellagio, City Center, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, Luxor, Excalibur, New York New York, Monte Carlo, Treasure Island, Cirus Circus and Railroad Pass.

There are plenty of places to eat within the hotels and along the ‘strip’. A good steak will cost you $17 upwards and a bottle of wine start around $28. There are always deals around and the MGM hotel was offering their buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner for $29 + tax, which taken individually would cost $60.

Tip 7. Before you go to Las Vegas search the books and guides that are in the shops and online for any deals and discounts that are on offer. You could save enough for your gambling.

If you live north of London as we do, then getting to Gatwick in the early hours of the morning is not some thing you can get a friend to do, especially when there is six of you. There are three options, drive down and leave your car in a long stay car park. Stay over night at a local to Gatwick hotel, which provide long stay parking, within the price of the over night stay price. Or get a taxi to take you and pick you up on your return.

Visiting Vegas? Las Vegas Slot Machine Gambling Tips For Seniors

If you are planning a trip to Las Vegas soon, you might want to consider the following tips for seniors on gambling with slot machines. Believe me; these tips come from years of experience.

First is the most important tip. When you arrive (and if you stay on or visit the Las Vegas strip) go outside your hotel and look around at all the massive resorts that have been built in Las Vegas in the past several years. Billions and billions of dollars have gone into the construction of Las Vegas resorts. Then, think about where the money to build these mega-resorts came from. When you think about this, you will then be able to realize what the odds are that you will leave Las Vegas a winner.

Still interested in giving your money to the resorts? If so, follow these rules and you will likely give them less money than you would otherwise.

First and only rule: Don’t play the slot machines!

But if you just can’t resist, here are some suggestions:

1) Be very aware of the maximum amount needed to play in order to win the big jackpots. Remember that in Las Vegas on penny slots you may have to play at least 300 coins in order to win the bid pot. In other words, penny slots are really $3.00 machines.

2) If you are looking for the best mega-jackpot machine in Las Vegas to play, play the .25 cent Wheel of Fortune. This jackpot pays out on average every 14 days. Remember though, that this is an average and that it may be shorter or longer than 14 days. Also remember that only one machine in the entire State of Nevada will pay out the jackpot. You can find mega-jackpot totals at http://www.igt.com.

3) If you are able to get off the Las Vegas strip, go to some local casinos like the Palms, Rio, Gold Coast, Orleans, any of the Stations Casinos or downtown to play. They do have a higher percentage payout but remember the odds are still stacked against you.

4) Regardless of what you read on the Internet about “equal opportunity” slot machines, some machines and areas of a casino do pay out more than others. Sometimes by just being an observer, you can locate machines that pay out better. Some areas to consider: MGM Grand lion machines just off the main elevators. Harrah’s Dollar World near the sports book. MGM Mirage just off the elevators to the right going toward the elevators and to the left coming from the elevators. Flamingo “Sizzling Sevens” near the sports book.

5) Most all machines now are ticket-less so put your money in the machine and then immediately “cash out”, take the ticket to the change booth and tell the attendant that you just won the amount you put in the machine. You will feel better and have more money.

Roulette System – Is a Free Roulette System 100% Effective Or Should I Pay For One?

Roulette Systems are notoriously rubbish. Let me be precise about this declaration. The immediate aftermath of a roulette system is generally an empty wallet; simple.

The above proclamation is an entrenched view-point I had possessed for more than 3 years. And why…because the long term effects of any roulette system was detrimental and not lucrative like the sales pitches and advertisements asserted on their accompanying websites. So what if I declared my support for a roulette system that effectively renders the casino (online or physical venue) out-of-pocket after each implementation? And what if I declared this system to be 99.4% accurate? How about if I declared the price as 100% free?

Are you enticed to read further? Or are you going to hit the back button in your browser because you’ve heard similar affirmations before? Well if you’re the latter, please don’t because the intention of this piece is to examine the credibility of the various roulette systems that circulate the web, and their relationship to the casinos who regularly observe gamblers implementing (or trying to implement) them.

A quick internet or eBay search for “Roulette System” will divulge hundreds or maybe thousands of roulette systems that assure the gambler will comprehensively beat the casino. Such roulette systems have radically varying price tags but with one central refrain; to take money from the casino and deposit it into your bank account. So does price matter? Will parting with $2,000 generate any more cash than a roulette system costing $0.00? Probably not. Some scams are audacious and entice the casino player into parting with thousands of dollars, promising to make the gambler rich. The outcome is always the same; an empty wallet and a roulette system in the bin.

So, if the “exclusive” roulette system is fraudulent, surely the lower priced roulette systems are identical? Maybe, maybe not. Some casino players have devised coherent and objective roulette systems that are budgeted for the budget gambler. Such a roulette system is often an amalgamation of other theories and practices already being used. Although roulette is mathematically perfected, the odds are marginal, prompting the myriad of roulette systems today. Some of the superior and more advanced roulette systems are indeed free. I believe that one roulette system and another roulette system can be coerced and connected to absorb the winning properties from both, to produce an enhanced version of the previous two; hence my title, Roulette System – 100% Free, 100% Effective.

Never scrutinise a sales page in too much detail. Always study the price. If it’s too expensive, simply neglect it.

But the prime factor in a roulette system is the casino itself. Remember the casino industry is powerful; if a roulette system worked they would seek to eliminate its usage in their venue. They would seek to shut down the websites selling the information and suppress its circulation around the internet or indeed in print. But they don’t. The casino managers realise that the vast majority of roulette programs that propagate on the web and on eBay and other information outlets are doomed. Those selling the roulette systems are enticing the casino punter to squander even more of his cash.

So, the ultimate question: can a roulette system work, and if it can, will the price-tag dictate the quality? The latter first – the price-tag generally doesn’t reflect the quality of the roulette system. Any savvy marketer will explain that adding value or re-branding a product will often elude the customer. The rapacious nature of the gambling scene unfortunately equates to many voracious individuals exploiting the avid gambler and casual player alike, with an inadequate roulette system destined to lose.

However, a roulette system can work. If operated correctly, accompanied with patience and fortitude, a roulette system can place some extra cash into the casino player’s pocket. Access to a coherent roulette system will alter the house edge. You must access a roulette system designed around betting Tiers or a “positive progression” format. And always monitor the table closely and make predictions accordingly. For instance, mathematically, each spin of the roulette wheel is independent from the last, but how often will a consecutive run of 20 numbers emerge? By observing the roulette table and monitoring sequences, it is possible to generate a consistent profit.

Providing the player establishes a betting cut-off position, a roulette system can often become a pivotal factor in a gamblers roulette experience.

Conclusion: A roulette system that is 100% free certainly can be 100% effective.