Do’s and Don’ts
How can you get free drinks in Las Vegas?
Today I’d thought I’d share a little story of how I came to discover another trick of the Vegas trade of “getting the most of Vegas Casinos”. On one of my very first trips to Sin City, I discovered how to get free drinks without gambling. Well, it’s not really “free” but it’s close enough. It may cost you a few quarters.
Here’s what you do: Instead of sitting at any table games and waiting for the drink ladies come by, head straight for any bar that has video poker lying right there on the bar table. Next sit down, pull out a $20 bill, and make sure the bartender knows you have money in Video poker.Finally, proceed to order all the drinks you want so long as you have any money in the video poker. Take your money out asap so you don’t waste your $20.00. I continually use this tactic each time I am in Las Vegas.
The Benefits of this style of getting Free Drinks in Las Vegas
Benefits are pretty obvious once you get use to it. You get your drink almost 10x faster from the bartender than you would normally playing on a table or slot machine waiting on the drink ladies to take your drink and then bring it back. Another advantage is that you can get super smashed before heading off to a club! Spread the word with your friends! Please come back and drop me a comment to let me know how it went.
No more free paying $10 – $15 drink at fancy smancy bars in Vegas!
Drink up Cheers!
So what’s the deal with these weddings happening in Sin City Las Vegas? Are the people just getting dumb drunk like Britney Spears and getting hitched or is it nicely planned out wedding? The answer it that both answers are correct!
Planned “Las Vegas Wedding”
Weddings are “generally” an important occasion no matter which part of the world you are in, or which culture you belong to. Years of planning, prep time, and hundreds of small details to be checked. That is all necessary if you want to have an average Western wedding. For this, many of the Casinos offer a huge variety of choices for your so called “Perfect Las Vegas Wedding”.
Here’s an Example of Wedding Package
Bellagio Casino Wedding Package:
The Cosa Bella Wedding Package
The Beautiful Thing
- Two Hours of Chapel Time (East or South) Inclusive of Chapel Photography
- Bride’s Bouquet and Groom’s Boutonniere Floral Package
- Six Extravagant Pew Markers with Floral Sprays and two Mantle Arrangements
- Walkway of Fresh White Petals for Bride’s Processional (includes 4 large bags)
- Use of Custom Bellagio Aisle Runner
- Two DVD’s of your Wedding Ceremony with Custom Certificates
- Live Broadcasting of your Wedding Ceremony on the Internet
- Professional Harpist for your Wedding Ceremony
- The Cosa Bella Photography Package (see details under Photography section)
- Two Additional Hours and Thirty Additional Images shot around the Resort
- One Bottle of Cristal Champagne
- Bellagio’s Jean Philippe Maury Gourmet Chocolates
- Swarovski Champagne Crystalline Flutes
- Bellagio Wedding Certificate
- Limousine Service from and to McCarran Airport
- Limousine Service from Bellagio to the Marriage License Bureau (Bride and Groom only)
- Use of Personal Bridal Dressing Room for One Half Hour Prior to Ceremony
- Rehearsal for your Wedding Party
- Two Luxurious Bellagio Suite Robes
- A $750.00 Bellagio Gift Certificate to be used in the Salon and/or Spa for services only
- One Penthouse Suite for Two Nights w/Lakeview and High Floor – VIP Check in (excluding December 29th – January 1st and Chinese New Year)
- Continental Breakfast for Two in Bed
- One Evening of Dinner for Two in Picasso or Michael Mina or Sensi (Beverages, Beverage Tax & Beverage Gratuity Not Included) (excluding December 29th – January 1st)
- Two Tickets for Cirque du Soleil’s ‘O’ Show (Based on Show Schedule) excluding December 29th – January 1st – Dark Monday/Tuesday)
$15,737.81 (Including tax)
Please keep in mind this is just a figure from Bellagio. You can always find a more inexpensive wedding Vegas package from other smaller name brand Casinos.
The other alternative:
Get Drunk in Vegas and Get Married:
“Cheapest Way to Get Married”
The cheapest package there costs about only $129 that includes a chapel wedding, flowers for the bride, and a boutonniere for the groom, a dozen wedding snaps besides a video of the Las Vegas wedding ceremony. It also takes care of a witness, minister, and a limousine though one need to pay extra the donation to the minister and the driver’s tip.
Play Nice, Have Fun, and don’t be dumb! Cheers!
Las Vegas Room Budget:
Everyone making room reservations whether it is your first time or your tenth time, should have a budget for the selected hotel or casino. Make sure you don’t go overboard on your Las Vegas room reservations budget in a way that you will not be able to attend places (clubs, shows, buffets, etc) that you had previously planned on attending. Don’t count yourself out of being able to afford a room at a nice Hotel/Casino. A motel in Las Vegas can run anywhere from $50 a night to $100+ a night. Whereas, I’ve booked nice clean rooms in multiple Hotel/Casinos on the strip for less than that.
Save Money on Room Reservations:
How can you save money on room reservations? You can save money by making your room reservation a month or two in advance. This is the same as any other events. The sooner you make your reservation the more you will save.Timing is everything with room reservations on the Las Vegas Strip. You will not save money making room reservations a week before attending Las Vegas. Look for deals online can also save you money. If you are already a member of any “rewards” program in any casino, do log into your account online and check availability using that reward member id. If you don’t want to make an account online, you can simply call the casino directly. You’d be surprised as to the price difference of being a non-member vs. member!! EVEN IF YOU DIDN’T GAMBLE and have a reward card call anyways. Rewards card holders almost always get a better discount. On another note: if you are calling in directly to the Casino of choice, try to shoot the bs to the person on the phone they have the power to lower your rates or even comp your rooms.
Picking the Right Hotel and Casino:
First off, motels and hotels off the strip are just places that I do not recommend staying at unless you have no choice (There almost is always a alternative). I previously stayed at many of these motels/hotels off the strip and it was an experience I do not ever want to try again.
Motels cost almost the same by the end of your trip in Las Vegas. The amount of money you may spend on all those taxi drivers become ridiculous after some time. If you drove yourself, the gas and the headache of navigating through all the traffic is just not worth it. The difference may only be $10-$20 for just a regular room with 2 beds.
Hotels off the strip almost always do not contain any Casino games or multiple restaurants if any. This can turn into a very inconvenient stay for you in a short period of time. Your in Las Vegas to relax and you most likely want to be pampered as much as possible. The only ones places that can really do this is the more mainstream Casinos located on the Las Vegas Strip.
You want to make sure that you choose a Casino that in your budget. Make sure you know what type of people (young, old, very old, LOUD) are going to be staying there. For example, if you like young and beautiful looking people, stay at the Palms. If you like the more older people who just seem to like gambling stay at Harrahs. If you enjoy people of all ages who just enjoy sight seeing and shopping, I recommend Caesars palace. This can make a huge difference in the Casino that you plan on staying at. Everyone is there to be happy and enjoy not to be bored and depressed in a sense.
Finally, make sure to enjoy your trip!
If you’ve never been to Las Vegas (Sin City), then you should know that there are actual rules and laws to be follow while you’re in Sin City. For you veterans, this will be a refresher course. However, remember to keep an open mind: you might just learn something new, because Vegas is forever changing. HAVE FUN!
Take Notes of anything you may want to remember:
Before you arrive…
Do bring money when you come.
Do bring money when you come. “CASH IS KING” in Las Vegas! If you are on a budget, you can survive with just $300-$400 as long as you spend wisely. When I talk about budgeting this means you will just be catching all the “free” shows and missing out on all the other great shows. Please keep in mind that the free shows are not all that bad at all.
Don’t expect to find the same old Las Vegas that you see in old movies portraying Vegas.
Vegas is forever changing. Within the past 10 years or so there have been many locations demolished to make room for new hotels and casinos.
Do plan to get a few great bargains.
For you bargain hunters, there are many old establishments still hanging in there. When I say old establishments, I am talking about downtown Las Vegas and other Hotels/Casinos not located near the main strip. The old establishments of Las Vegas are constantly trying to compete with the dancing fountains of the Bellagio and the spit-fire volcanoes. So how are they still making it? Through the deep discounted dining experiences they offer visitors. In Vegas, you can still find a T-bone steak for $4.95. (You just have to know where to look.)
Don’t come to Vegas during peak times.
Yes, everyone wants to get away during the weekend. But if you’re planning on a weekend trip to Vegas, be ready to spend some extra money. Traveling to Vegas in the middle of the week, Christmas and when conventions are on hiatus, is a great way to enjoy the city without the crowds or the expense. Another great time to visit Vegas, if you can stand the heat, is during the mid-summer, when it’s too hot for most visitors.
Do come to Vegas during peak times.
Yes, come to Las Vegas during peak weekends or holidays if your out to just be surrounded by a lot of positive spirited people. If your like the average party goer then traveling to Las Vegas during peak weekends would be ideal so long as you plan in advance. You can find more details on tips for planning in advance for peak weekends HERE.
Don’t expect to get the most out of your Vegas vacation if you haven’t planned in advance.
Las Vegas is a large city with a lot to choose from — casinos, spas, restaurants, shows. It can be overwhelming. To avoid delays once you arrive in Vegas, plan ahead. Map out where you want to go, see and do while in Sin City. Don’t waste one minute. Once you land, hit the ground running.
Do play the slots
Do find out about the slots available in Las Vegas casinos, as these are the most popular casino games by far and likewise, online slots are a big favourite in online casinos too, and can help you understand how to play the games before your visit.
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