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1. Posted by stein (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y


This summer I and a friend are going to San Francisco, but we are also planning to go to LA and Las Vegas. The thing is I am 21 and my friend is 20, and as I understand it you have to be 21 to drink and go into pubs. So is it possible for a 20 year old to enter a casino?
If not is it worth it to go to Las Vegas?


2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I hung out in the casinos, in las vegas, when I was 16. All I could really do at that age was play slots )I'd hang out around the fringes of the casino) until I got caught, then they'd just ask me to leave. When I was 20 I went back to Vegas and did the same thing and was never asked to leave. That time I even managed to play some blackjack, etc..

It's not like going into a bar or club, they don't card you when you enter. A lot depends how old you look! So just dress, etc. to look as old as possible. Look confident and keep a low profile. BUT if you were to say win a $1,000,000 slot jackpot, they wouldn't pay you.

Other than that Vegas is still definitely worth checking out. There's lots of FUN stuff to do besides gamble.

3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Legally you only have to be 18 to enter a casino (Bad Jeff! ;))
and 18 to enter a bar until 9pm, then you are supposed to be 21. Usually if it is a 21 and up establishment, they post it outside the door.
Have fun and good luck!

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5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Quoting Coco-Queen

Legally you only have to be 18 to enter a casino (Bad Jeff! ;))
and 18 to enter a bar until 9pm, then you are supposed to be 21. Usually if it is a 21 and up establishment, they post it outside the door.
Have fun and good luck!

I am sorry to report that you have your facts wrong. Anyone can enter the casinos; parents take their children through Las Vegas casinos all the time. As long as you are on your way to the room, restaurant, pool, arcade, etc. you can walk through. If you are under 21 however, you cannot stop or loiter in the vicinity of any gaming devices; slot machines, video poker, table games, sports book, etc. Anyone thought to be under 21, can and will be asked for identification. The casinos have been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for allowing under age gambling. All Las Vegas casinos take underage gambling very serious. Their gaming license is at risk.

The casinos do not have to pay you if win and are under 21. There was a famous case of a 20 year old hitting Caesars Palace for over 1 million on a progressive slot machine. They refused to pay and Caesars won at all appeal levels. The law is very clear. Anyone under 21 is not allowed to gamble in Las Vegas casinos.

6. Posted by cruisegirl (Respected Member 244 posts) 10y

They card for anyone under the age of 21. In Niagara Falls NY, I get carded everytime before I enter the casino. Even in my home province of Ontario, I get carded at the casinos.

7. Posted by spig (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

I went to Vegas about 6 weeks ago with my girlfriend. I'm 28, she's 29. We both got carded numerous times in Casinos at cash out time, on blackjack tables, Craps, roulette, poker etc. Seemingly at random, and in at least 7-8 different Casinos. I don't look particularly young (I have grey hair in places!) and never get ID'd at home in 21+ clubs and bars.

Never got carded on the way into a Casino, so you may be alright only playing slots if you don'tneed to make a large cash out. There were plenty of signs up saying how you can and will be prosecuted for playing underage, as well as penalties for the casino.

8. Posted by filmguy (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Could anyone tell me how this 21-year age limit works in bars and nightclubs in the U.S. in general?

Next summer I will visit many of the biggest cities with three friends, two of us being 21 and the other two being 20. Is this likely to cause many problems, or will we get away with saying that the other two are with us? And are there any particular cities or states that are more or less strict regarding this?

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

My recommendation is to watch the action at the door of the particular bar/club from across the street for a few minutes. That will tell you if they are carding everyone or just those who "look" underage. The fines for the bars are stiffening so more and more places are carding everyone. You may find it easier to enter undetected if a large group is going in all at once, but that is no sure thing. Ultimately, you just take your chances and hope your friends look older than they are. If they are both male, the 2-3 day beard growth may help cover youthful features. Definitely do not attempt entering without an air of confidence as hesitancy is always a dead give-away.