I’m in Las Vegas this week, and I end up here about once a year for some type of meeting or convention. Over those years, I haven’t had much time to spend enjoying the shows or restaurants, so if you’re looking for that type of information, unfortunately, this post won’t help.
What this post will help you with this saving you some money and possibly preserving your dignity.
First, don’t plan on leaving here with your pockets stuffed full of cash. You might do well, but it won’t be like in the movies. The only reason this place exists is that the house always wins.
Second, if you’re looking for company bring your own. No “stranger” that you meet in a casino, bar, show or restaurant has any interest in you. Their interest is separating your money from your wallet. You don’t become good looking or interesting because you’re in the Pacific Time zone. Like McGruff, the crime dog says “Stranger Danger”. If you’re looking for some fun grab a handful of a friends business cards and hand those out to the “strangers”.
If you’re here for a convention or meeting that requires you to wear a nametag, take it off whenever possible. That nametag is a clear indicator that you were from out of town and an easy mark for “strangers”.
If your hotel has a casino in its lobby your room is designed so that you spend as little time in it as possible. For starters, there won’t be a coffee pot in your room. The reason, if you’re in your room drinking coffee then you’re not in the casino gambling. You will also go through the casino to get anywhere on the property.
The only consistency in hotel mattresses is that they’re all uncomfortable. Again, if you spend your time in bed you’re not gambling.
Next up, the minibar, which can empty your wallet quicker than the craps table. No matter how hammered you get, a $9.00 Bud Light won’t take you to that next level. Now there’s a science to these minibars, and it’s often in the form of a stopwatch. If you remove a bottle or can for longer than sixty seconds, you’ll be charged for it. That means you can’t remove all their items and fill the fridge with your own snacks. Doing this results in an instant $50.00 charge.
Here’s my Las Vegas Survival Guide.
- Stay Hydrated – Drink water, it’s amazingly dry out here……. duh, it’s a desert after all. Bring some lotion for your skin as well.
- Chap Stick – It’s the only time I ever use it, but you’ll need it.
- Bring Snacks – Protein bars and cashews are a good start, both portable and tasty. Besides, that $13.00 can of cashews in your minibar isn’t worth it.
- Shoes – If you’re here for a function or plan on walking wear something with a soft sole.
- Jet Jag – I stay on east coast time. This means I wake up each morning at 3:00 AM, not the greatest but it gives me a few hours to catch up on work. I try to be in bed by 9:00 PM, so I get six hours each night.
- Drinking – Minimal, even with an open bar. Jet Lag + zero Humidity = Rough Mornings. We’ve talked about this before.
- UBER – About $14.00 to the strip, much cheaper than a taxi.
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