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1. Posted by lawrence_n (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

Hi there. Im getting a good sum of money in at the end of June and im wanting to go to Vegas (as im a keen gambler). Im just wondering on prices, if its cheaper to book flights and hotel seperatly or as a package? I obviously want to get it as cheap as possible and dont mind flying in with the bags if its was cheap enough.

I turn 21 in May im so guessing i would be fine for gambling and drinking?

Also can people give me any information on the casinos, opening hours, minium bets etc? Im only thinking of taking £200 for gambling, so i dont want the minium bet to be a large amount. I like poker and roulette, so is there any information you can give me on them, like tournaments for poker or do they have places i can play cash games?

Or would Atlantic City be cheaper, if so where is it? Ive only heard about the place from tv shows (sorry im a typical english guy). Any information on either would be excellent

I live in England and Gatwick airport is my best way to fly, i only want to go around 5 days as i need to get back to work (wish i didnt).


2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

I really hate to say this, but you're talking total recklessness! That 200GBP should last about 15 minutes at the tables (what will you do then?) The very last thing you want to do is to go to Atlantic City. I doubt that this will deter you from going, but I just had to put in my 2 cents.

3. Posted by lawrence_n (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

What are the minium bets then? I understand where your coming from but id rather you not reply at all if your not going to help. I know the house always wins and im only doing it for abit of fun, im not a person who goes to the casino expecting to win because thats when you lose.

Also is Atlantic City really that bad? Whats the difference between them?

If anyone else can actually help and not just criticize me that would be excellent.

Thank you for your 2 cents anyway

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Apr-2009, at 11:21 by lawrence_n ]

4. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

go for it mate, you could win heaps of cash!

I've never been to vegas but AC is ok if you are going to just gamble and do nothing else. the beach there is a dump and pretty much all of AC is a ghetto, it's really not much to look at. by the way it's about an hour and a half east of philadelphia (on the east coast)

I'm sure vegas has whatever you're looking for.

5. Posted by ps3leagues (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

I live about an hour from Atlantic City and also been to Vegas twice so I can tell ya this.

First off Atlantic City is in New Jersey

When it comes to AC the casinos are nice but the surrounding areas outside the casinos are a dump. There really is only one mega casino in AC and that is the Borgata. But it is almost the most expensive to play it and stay at. Only thing to do in AC is to gamble. That is it

As for Vegas that is the place to be. However with $200 dollars the other guy was right. That will last you about 15 minutes. Nothing is cheap in Vegas. And the areas where you can find like nickel slots is the dumpy part of Vegas

I have been to Vegas twice for 10 days each time and tell you after paying for air fare, hotel, and food I still had about 2,000 to 3,000 to gamble and for some shows. You need to have money to do anything in Vegas

But if you are going to go anyway I say stay at the Orleans. Its off the strip but a very very nice hotel and casino. I was just booking a trip there for June and 10 days was only 605 dollars total. And it is a 5 star hotel and casino

As for AC I use to go just about twice a month to play poker. And even playing at the smallest table for hold em which is $2/4 I took about 300 to 400 for 2 days. This is at the Borgata however hotel there is about $270 per night. They do offer a poker room rate of $125 if you play for 8 hours straight or longer but that is if the casino is not full

Either way $200 dollars is not going to get you far.

6. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Las Vegas has been hit pretty hard due to the economy, but that is good for visitors. Rooms are available at several hotels for under $50/nite mid-week. I found a $30/nite room for my friend at Arizona Charlie's East last month. I suggest you come mid-week and stay off the Strip or at an older property, say the Imperial Palace, Sahara or Circus Circus. Stay cheap and use your money for food, entertainment, tours or gambling. Most visitors don't spend much time in their room anyway. We now have decent bus service, so you do not have to stay on the Strip.

Las Vegas is 24 hrs, no opening or closing time. They are open and ready to take your money 24 hrs a day. Just bring a valid ID that states you are over 21. You will probably be checked in every casino if you gamble.

I made a few calls and it is getting difficult to find "21" tables less than $5 per bet. I did find several off Strip casinos at $3 for "21" and $1 for Roulette. Most hotels have either $1-3 or $2-4 Texas Hold'em Poker. Many have Poker touraments daily for around $35. Sam's Town runs a daily Poker tourament for $23 buy in. The East Cannery runs a Hold'em tournament: 10:00am & 7:00pm everyday, $27 buy in. There are many more in the same price range.

Hope this helps in your planning. Send me a PM if you have specific questions.

7. Posted by lawrence_n (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

Thanks for all your help people. Now i know the prices for stuff im going to have to rethink im trip but im still wanting to go. Im liking the sounds of those poker tournaments and cash tables, they dont sound to bad.

I might give AC a miss then, if its abit ghetto. Thank you for all your suggestions. Seems like it would be quite expensive but im thinking it would be worth it. I would only go by myself so im abit worried with the ghetto talk but Vegas seems like the place to go.

Can anyone suggest a rough amount you think i should take for gambling only. Baring in mind im not rich (which was quite clear when i said i only wanted to take 200GBP).

Thanks again everyone

8. Posted by squishyspu (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

Hi Lawrence

I was in Vegas twice. It is by far the best plavce I have ever been. However you do need to bear a few things in mind.

1. Travel for about 7-10 days in order to give yourself enough time to see and do everything. There is really no such thing as night and day because time just gets blurred into one as everthing is always buzzing (It's a city that really never sleeps)
2. Any money you set aside for your trip, then just write it off as an expense of your holiday. I too am a keen gambler and £200 is absolutely peanuts over there (no offence). I played quite a lot of poker and did ok over there. The whole trip only cost me $800 because I won a small bit gambling. However before I left I had set aside $2500 spending money that I was willing to spend whether this be on entertainment or gambling or eating or whatever. You have to be prepared to spend whatever you set aside. If at the end of the holiday you have won a bit then that is a bonus.
3. Stay on the strip. The places on the strip include Belagio, MGM, New York New York, Paris, Treasure Island, the Wynn, Hooters, Mndalay Bay, Venetian, Luxor etc. When I was there I stayed in the Rivierra Hotel. It is also on the strip and is a big hotel. However it is slightly older that some of the others I have listed so it was slightly less expensive. (only $30 a night during the week and $80 at the weekend) I checked flights and accomodation from Ireland last week and it would cost me €960 for 10 days in the middle of July. That would be around £650 which i regard as a bargain. That was also staying in the Belagio which is a very high class hotel.
4. Bear in mind that Vegas is not all about gambling. When I was there I was surprised by how many other things there are to do there like going to shows, brilliant nightclubs, shopping (not in a gay way but clothes are really cheap) and of course strip clubs. Take time out from gambling to see the sights. I highly reccomend the following
(i) Belagio - Water show and all of the hotel
(ii) Venetian hotel - Paintings on ceilings, Gondala ride through the hotel
(iii) The Palazzo - Shopping centre is unreal and Lambroginni garage
(iv) MGM - The Lion cages
(v) Paris hotel - Everthing in this hotel is cool
(vi) New York New York - Roller Coaster
(vii) The Wynn Hotel - The Ferarai showroom, most beautiful women ever, unreal hotel
(viii) Luxor - Fairly cool structures in there.

5. The general betting limits are $10 minimum for Blackjack and roulette. The minimum for Poker is around $1-$2 blinds with the minimum buy in of $60 i think. However some of the people at these tables have $800/$900 so it can be fairly pointless buying in for $ would be as well off throwing away your money. There are of course th 1c slot machines which are cheap and will also get you free drink but you cannot win (its just a matter of not losing too much)

I hope some of this was of help too you. If you have any more questions just ask.

9. Posted by way2goeh (Full Member 159 posts) 7y

Circus Circus on the strip is cheap to ( i think 50 dollars a night), but I have to agree with the others, 200 pounds wont last long unless u play the nickel slots or u get lucky .

10. Posted by lawrence_n (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

Thanks for all your help guys. Just so you know im going to take around $750 for the 5 days. I hope this sounds abit better to you lot. I know it wont get me far but keep your fingers crossed for me :D