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11. Posted by MartianTom (Budding Member 37 posts) 7y

Last time I went, I went simply to soak up the atmosphere. Played the slots and won a bit - came away with more than I went in with - but that was only $10! It was all just part of the trip. Thing is, once you're in those casinos, it's easy to get carried away. Free drinks. Free/cheap food. Pure oxygen being pumped thru the AC to keep you heady. Plenty of ATMs to tempt you if you run short. Bear it all in mind. Ration your money and go into a casino with no more than, say, $120 dollars a day and NO bank/credit cards, and you shouldn't be too disappointed at your losses... if you lose, that is! ;) Vegas itself is flashy, glitzy, tawdry and - ultimately - soulless. But you can still have a good time if that's your thing. Good luck

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

Quoting MartianTom

Vegas itself is flashy, glitzy, tawdry and - ultimately - soulless. But you can still have a good time if that's your thing. Good luck

Kevin,
Now I do have to weigh in here. As I have siad before, our motto is: If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing! That is Vegas in a nutshell. However, I don't think the label 'soulless' is accurate. Over 1.5 million people call Vegas home. It has everything any other large American city has, plus the Strip and casinos. We have our churches, art museums, rec centers, symphony, university, etc. as well as gaming. You can live here just as normal as Debuque Iowa if you so choose. And many do. I have friends that don't go out to the hotels once in a year. I take advantage of what is going on, but many don't. My 2 cents worth of defending Las Vegas.

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Apr-2009, at 11:19 by vegasmike6 ]

13. Posted by MartianTom (Budding Member 37 posts) 7y

Hi Mike. Sorry to have dissed your home town. I do take your point. Sorry... I should perhaps have qualified what I said and not been so sweeping. I really meant 'Vegas' in the sense of what most people think of it as - casinos, lights, glitz, showbiz glamour, etc - not as a place in itself. It's like when people talk about Los Angeles and immediately think 'Hollywood' or 'Tinseltown'. The whole is certainly a lot more than the sum of the parts. Sorry again... no offence meant.

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

Kevin,
None taken. Vegas is certainly not for everyone. It can come across as plastic and artifical if all you see is the Strip. Expensive, gaudy megahotels filled with people trying to 'have a good time'. Elvis, Madonna, Cher, Dolly Parton and other impersonators perform nightly. No, Vegas is not for everyone.

For those that prefer life in the fast lane, come to Vegas, spend your money and helps us out of the present recession!

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16. Posted by Matt Bos (Budding Member 22 posts) 7y

I went to Vegas a while back and booked hotel and airfare together and saved money. The closer you are to the action, the more expensive it will be.

As for the gambling - your 200 pounds just wont cut it. I would recommend something close to $1000 USD (and that's if you're going to gamble on the 'conservative' side). UNLESS you're unbelievable at poker and can make money while you're there...

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

Thanks for the advice. As i said in my last post im think of taking around $750 instead of my orginial amount i quoted, im not rich but im thinking of taking that. On reflection i really would of had to win most times just to get me going.

Although I played poker with my friends till five in the morning (for abit of money) we did 12 games, there was 6 of us and i came 2nd once and won the rest, so im hoping i can have the skill (and luck) in the poker over in Vegas

18. Posted by nikki_xx (Inactive 3 posts) 7y

I wasn't 21 when I went to Vegas, so couldn't gamble, and I still absolutely loved it! I would definately say go, go go!!
Have a great time!!

19. Posted by pollygo (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

If you're into glitz...go.
If you're a gambler...stay home....use the airfare.

It's a romantic notion to think you can win.....the odds are against you....
However, if it's the thrill and you have the money to loose....go for it.

I think Vegas it great for 'fun gamblers' those that bring a certain amount to lose and enjoy watching
the other gamblers...winning and loosing. It's being part of the atmosphere, without worrying about
your two hundred pounds which is chicken feed and can kiss you goodbye in minutes.

I won 1000 nickels....(peanuts in gambling terms) and it was a thrill. I put them back in....smiled and still had enough
money to travel.

Just know yourself!

Polly

20. Posted by pollygo (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

Polly having another go.

I play Texas Hold 'Em on my computer....I win and I loose, but thankfully the money is play money.
I've talled my winnings but they are below my losses.

Playing with friends and coming second.....is.......? (I smile).

Playing with the 'big guys' is another matter. There are people who just make a 'killing' out of people who
are learning their skills (like you...small fish who play with friends). They are so slick....let you win.....
bait you.....and snap...you're skinned...gills and all.

I have friends who gamble...and they've been raised in family where cards came second only to breast milk.
In poker...they know every odds and can name the cards....Jack knife...35% chance....fold....
Are you aware of this? Don't be a minnow swimming with the sharks!

Good luck!