With so much to do, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Las Vegas has consistently been one the best places to visit in the U.S. The bright lights and endless activity continue to be a big draw as pandemic lockdowns lift and people start traveling again.
Of all the attractions available in the city, the iconic casinos are one of the first things people think of when they imagine Las Vegas, but that can make them intimidating to visit. Especially for first-timers to the area, it can be tough for people to know how to handle themselves in a Vegas casino.
Here are a few of our top tips to making the most of your time in any of the Vegas casinos.
Study Your Game Ahead of Time
Even if it is your first time at a live poker table, you should know the rules of the game before you sit down. One of the most popular games at the moment is No-Limit Texas Hold’em, so be sure to brush up on the terminology first. As a reminder for those who might not regularly engage with the game, No-Limit Texas Hold’em is a game in which players can wager their entire chip stacks at any point during the game, instantly raising the stakes of any hand. Being ready for this eventuality will keep you from being surprised when it eventually happens to you.
It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of the casinos. In fact, theLas Vegas casinos are engineered to make that happen. With all the bright lights and endless activity, it is can be tough not to get swept up in the moment and end up losing all your spending money chasing a bad hand in poker or at the slots on the casino floor. Having a plan of attack and sticking to it is the key to getting through your whole vacation with your wallet intact. Have a spending limit per day at the casino so you have enough to enjoy for the whole trip and stick to it, even if you find yourself on a hot streak. Those can change very quick in Vegas and you can find yourself suddenly in the red again.
Leave Plenty of Time to Get Around
Even at slow times of the year, Las Vegas is always busy. That means there are always lots of people getting cabs or the bus so if you’re relying on these for transport along the Strip, be sure to give yourself plenty of extra time to get around. Besides just general traffic issues, it is easy to get distracted by some new sight or spectacle, so don’t miss out on the chance to get that picture because you were rushing to your dinner reservation or were in danger of missing that show you booked.
Don’t Order Drinks at the Bar
The price of drinks looks set to rise, according to the Wall Street Journal, and Las Vegas has never been a cheap city to have a drink in anyway. In order to keep people gambling as long as possible, many casinos offer free drinks to people on the casino floor. You might have to wait a while for them to come around to you and you might not get the same selection as you would if you hit the bar yourself, but it will save you plenty of money that can better be spent elsewhere. Especially toward the end of your trip when your spending money is running a bit thin, this trick can be a lifesaver.