You’re Guide to Las Vegas

By Maria McCoyGoogle
Going to Vegas is one of the most thrilling experiences one can ever have. However, it can also be an anxious filled experience if you don’t know your way around. There’s so much to do and so many choices, that you can easily be overwhelmed. You want to be prepared so that you can fully enjoy your time there. Since you’re likely not going to be going back as often as you like, getting the most of your trip is crucial. You don’t want to go home thinking that you wasted it and could have done more.

This guide will help you figure out how to navigate Vegas and fully enjoy all it has to offer. This will cover everything from getting around town, dos and don’ts, Places to visit and how to get free stuff.

Getting Around Town

If you’re flying in form out of town, you will immediately notice eager taxi drivers waiting for you. This may seem pleasant, but not all are the most honest people in the world. There have been many complaints about drivers taking extremely long routes into town, just to overcharge passengers. If your ride costs more than $15, you’re likely being taken for a ride.

Once you get past the airport and into town, you’ll want to figure your best options for getting from place to place. Taxis are expensive, but are convenient and you shouldn’t have any troubles with drivers stiffing you in town. Your best options are the bus service or to walk. Many of the places you want to go to are within walking distance form wherever you might stay. This is assuming that you are staying in the heart of Vegas and not in some back alley motel. You can also use the mono-rail which should be used at least once as it’s a nice little ride through Vegas and offers some good views of the city.

Dos and Don’ts

Do: Always tip dealers in a casino, especially if you win. Dealers make most of their wages off of tips and stiffing a dealer is like not tipping a waitress. The amount you tip is personal preference, but a small tip is always better than no tip at all.

Do: Know the rules of the game before you sit down to play. Many first timers and even experienced gamblers make the mistake of trying to learn the game on the fly. The casinos have a wealth of information that teaches you how to play all the games. If you’ve seen the movie, “Vegas Vacation”,there’s a scene where Chevy Chase is sitting in his hotel room watching a channel on the T.V. that is showing how to play a casino game. The scene was quite funny, but you can actually watch this type of programming in many of the casino hotel rooms.

Don’t: Assume the dealers know what they are doing. It doesn’t take much to be a dealer in a casino. A clean criminal background is about the majority of the application. Not saying all dealers are stupid, but many make the mistake of not checking on the dealers. Be aware of your payouts and don’t be afraid to say something if you believe your pay out or other rule the dealer makes may be wrong.

There are always floor managers that will gladly help solve any questions in a professional manner. No harm or feelings will be hurt if you question a dealer’s decision.

Casinos to Visit

With hundreds of casinos to choose from, you want to know which ones are worth visiting. Many of the old places are local’s only casinos. Not so much as a written rule, but it’s sort of like your local bar in a small town. When an outsider walks in, they always draw some awkward stares.

The Wynn: One of the nicest casinos in the world and is considered a 5 star resort.

Harrah’s: The new and improved Harrah’s is home to the WSOP and if you happen to be in town for the event, it’s a must stop location. The action that goes on during this event is unlike any other.

Stratosphere: Travel to the top of this iconic casino and ride the roller coaster that twirls around for the ride of your life.

The Luxor: Everyone recognizes this casino for its pyramid shape. It also has one of the best light shows you will ever see.

Getting Comped

You always hear about the comps that are given out in Vegas. Comps are just a way for the casino to reward their players. Your best chances for getting comped are to let the casinos know your there and spending money. You don’t need to shout it out, but a simple and polite asking the dealer to track your play is usually all that’s needed.

Most casinos worth anything offer player cards that you can swipe that will also keep track of your play. But your best bet is to let them personally know that you are here.

You can’t do Vegas in just one visit. You will still have a very good time, but there’s just so much to see and do that it takes a few trips to really experience all that Vegas has to offer. But, if you follow these easy tips, your time spent there will be less stressful and you will get the most out of your time in Vegas.

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