How to play alone in Vegas casinos
If you go gambling, you should be extra alert – security cameras do not stop crooks from hanging around. Keep your eye on your chips.
Don’t have too much money with you – set a gambling limit. You don’t know how addictive it can be if you haven’t tried!
If you win a large sum of money, do not walk to your hotel room by yourself – ask casino security to accompany you. Since you won, a nice tip to the security officer would be a good and fair gesture. Hide your winnings in the safe. (Ed. note: consider asking your hotel front desk if they have a safe – things aren’t always safe in your room.)
Casinos offer free drinks, free rooms and other freebies and coupons to those who lose a lot of money. If you like to play, and you’re losing, make sure the pit boss notices. If you can’t win, you can at least get a free drink or a free stay on your next trip.
If you are planning to play at the casinos, join their players clubs. By joining a players club, you will receive a few perks, coupons, or discount hotel rooms for your next trip. Many casinos offer this option in order to attract customers – and you can join as many clubs as you like.
Saving money – or how not to go broke in Vegas
Sin City is not cheap anymore, and vacationing here can be quite costly. If you are budget-conscious, there are a few ways to cut costs. Here are my best tips on saving money in Las Vegas.
- To save on restaurants, try to dine during off-peak hours when most people have had lunch but it’s too early for dinner. For example, eat between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm, when many restaurants offer “happy hour” – half price off drinks, free drinks, 10% off the bill or cheap fixed menu lunches. If you don’t like eating out on your own, these solo dining tips will help.
- Tix4tonight is a company that specializes in half price tickets to same-day shows. They have many booths along the Strip and are very easy to find (many top shows aren’t available so if you’re really keen, book in advance). They also offer coupons for various restaurants. Restaurants at the Tropicana Hotel, for example, always have run coupons that offer 30% off entrees, or 10-15% off the entire meal.
- Watch for coupon books, magazines and papers distributed free in hotels. They might have great deals there for restaurants, shows and attractions.
- As mentioned above, join the players club of every casino you are gambling in – you will receive multiple perks and free stuff simply for joining them.