Loyalty clubs are great! Loyalty clubs are a waste of time! Opinions on joining loyalty clubs are wide ranging. Like everything else in Las Vegas, loyalty clubs are different and you’re going to want to be a member.
Loyalty clubs are more commonly called players clubs in Las Vegas because they started differently than all other loyalty clubs. Loyalty clubs in Las Vegas started as slot clubs offering loyal slot machine players benefits such as free buffets. Slot clubs slowly morphed into players clubs and offered rewards to slot machine players and table game players alike. The evolution of the slot club continued to where many players clubs now mirror loyalty clubs in other businesses.
The newest iteration of casino players clubs offer rewards and discounts for all spending in a casino and its hotel from dining to casino to shows. It’s pretty great and for this reason anyone who visits Las Vegas should sign up for players clubs before or during your trip to Las Vegas.
Depending on which casino you stay, visit, shop, eat, drink, gamble you’re able to earn rewards to use at that property during your visit or on your next visit. Some casinos even offer bonus gifts just for signing up. Sign Up gifts are usually small tokens of thanks like a t-shirt, deck of cards or a few dollars in free play to get you started in the casino.
Many players clubs will offer discounts on food, drinks, hotel rooms, etc. from the minute you sign up. Some players clubs make you earn a small amount of points before offering discounts. Make sure that you check the website or brochure of the players club when you sign up.
National Players Clubs In Las Vegas
When you join a nationwide casino players club you can play and spend at any location in the United States (and Canada) and earn rewards. Caesars Entertainment’s Total Rewards is the largest players club in the US and Canada and you can earn rewards from Atlantic City to San Diego and, of course, Las Vegas. Total Rewards offers immediate discounts and rewards for all money spent on one of their properties.
Boyd Gaming’s B-Connected is another nation-wide players club with casinos from Louisiana to Las Vegas.
Unlike Total Rewards, you can only earn rewards on money spent in the casino on gambling. B-Connected is a locally focused casino chain so you’ll see many rewards only available in your local casinos and not Las Vegas. Their iPhone app gives great details on where you can receive and redeem rewards.
MGM Resorts M Life is probably the second largest players club in America but is mainly focused on Las Vegas properties. One of the biggest benefits of being an M Life member is the ability to earn and use rewards from various partners like Southwest Airlines, Hyatt Hotels and other casino companies.
Smaller Players Clubs In Las Vegas
Just about every other players club falls into the “smaller players clubs” category. Smaller doesn’t mean that the players club only works at one property. Station Casinos Boarding Pass players club has multiple Las Vegas casinos and a couple properties outside of Nevada. Station Casinos is focused on local customers and has smaller properties than MGM Resorts or Caesars Entertainment. Despite being smaller Boarding Pass is a very robust players club that offers a lot.
Casino loyalty clubs are different than loyalty clubs of other businesses. While rewards from other businesses may be shrinking to the point where the aren’t worth your time casino players clubs almost always offer useful discounts, complimentary items or benefits.
Free drinks in Las Vegas are kind of a tradition. Most people know that the casinos offer complimentary drinks when you are gambling. The drinks entice you to stay at the tables and machines or they inhibit your good decision making or both. Either way the casino has a motivation to keep feeding you drinks.
Let’s turn the tables on the casinos and bars in Las Vegas and make these complimentary drinks more valuable than ever. Generally when you order a drink in the casino you’ll receive a low priced well drink or one of the less expensive beer. You can ask for better quality spirits or beer but you may not be able to get them in most casinos. Casinos generally only serve a few specific brands of spirits or beer to gamblers on the casino floor.
If you’re just looking for a complimentary drink you can head to a casino bar and play video poker or other games they may have on the machines. Most bars will serve you the same well drinks you get on the casino floor. However, more and more bars are offering premium drinks to gamblers. Let’s take a look at a few.
Chandelier Bar (Cosmopolitan) – This is one of the most beautiful bars on the Vegas Strip. They recently added video poker to their bar and like most bars in Las Vegas offer complimentary drinks at the bar while you’re playing. Instead of getting a complimentary $5 bottom shelf well drink you can get a top shelf spirit at Chandelier Bar that would normally cost you $10 to $15. Cosmopolitan is great for drinking premium spirits while you gamble as they offer similar drinks at Bond Bar and Book & Stage.
Complimentary drinks while you gamble aren’t “free” because you have money at risk so you might as well get the most for your money.
Tag Sports Bar (The Quad – The Linq Hotel) – Drop a few bucks into the bar top machine and have access to over 300 beers from across America and around the world. You won’t find many of these beers at other bars on the Vegas Strip when you’re playing video poker or other games. At Tag Sports Bar you’re drinking complimentary $8-$15 beers instead of your typical $5-$6 beer. This is a great way to learn about craft beer. You can try different styles and locations to fit your tastes. I’m a fan beers from Belgium and on a mission to try all that they have. These beers are often very expensive to pay for individually and I’ve learned which are better than others after a few visits. I’ve even walked away from the machines with a few bucks!
There are even bars where you can sit, gamble, enjoy premium complimentary drinks and enjoy free performances.
Bourbon Room (The Venetian) – The Bourbon Room serves as the “Rock Of Ages” show bar in addition to being a bar where you can play bar top games and enjoy premium drinks. You obviously have a nice selection of bourbon but you will also be served any top shelf liquor you ask for when you’re playing one of the machines. You’ll often hear 80’s Heavy Metal over the speakers when you’re at this bar (If you’re not okay with this head to a different bar). In the evenings you’ll be treated to dancers and an emcee on the center stage. Take a break and enjoy the Heavy Metal thunder while you enjoy a top shelf drink.
If you’re going to spend money in a casino you might as well get the most bang for the buck. I’m always looking for bars that will reward me with the best complimentary drinks. Even if video poker isn’t returning any money I can do the math on the retail value of these drinks and usually end up ahead of the game.
Nearly half of casino visitors go with a gaming budget under $200. In fact, according to a survey by Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority 13% of visitors to Las Vegas budgeted under $100 for gaming on their visits last year. When hitting the casino with a limited budget you’re likely going to play low stakes. When you’re looking to maximize your money in the casino you’re going to want to make sure you’re playing the right games.
The casinos make a lot their money on low rollers so you’ll generally see that the lower limits games have the largest advantage for the casino. For example, casinos generally win about 10%-12% of money spent at penny slot machines. That’s the largest win percentage of any denomination of slot machine. You can cut their win percentage almost in half by playing nickel or quarter slot machines instead.
Since the casino returns more money on every slot machine above penny denomination you may extend your gaming budget and possibly take home some money. Compare how much each spin would be in different denominations to see if it’s in your budget. You may be surprised that you can step up from a penny slot machine to a quarter slot machine and spend the same amount per spin. You’ll get greater value from that 25 cent slot machine as the casino wins less over time.
If you’re a blackjack player there are a lot of rules to keep an eye on to get the best games. The easiest rule to spot is what the game pays on blackjack. You want to play a blackjack game that pays 3:2 (paid $3 for every $2 bet) when you’re dealt blackjack. Many of the low limits blackjack games on the Vegas Strip now only pay 6:5 (paid $6 for every $5 bet) when you’re deal blackjack. It may not seem like much but on a $10 game the difference is $3 for blackjack. That’s actually an increase of 300% in the house advantage for the casino.
Have no fear, there are still plenty of casinos where you can find a low limits game that still pays 3:2 for blackjack. You might have to walk a couple minutes off the Strip to Ellis Island or Hooters but you’ll find a 3:2 blackjack game that should let you play longer. You’ll find one of the best low limits blackjack games in Downtown Vegas at the El Cortez. This $5 3:2 blackjack game has one of the smallest advantages for any casino in Las Vegas – and it’s only $5 per hand.
Learning basic blackjack strategy and finding games where the rules are to your advantage will keep you in the game longer so you can catch a hot streak and win a few bucks. If nothing else your money should last longer.
If you prefer the machines to the tables you’re going to want to keep an eye out for good video poker games. vpFREE2.com is a great resource to find the best video poker games in Las Vegas (and around the country). Their scouts detail the exact locations of the machines with the best returns in every casino. With the wide variations of video poker games you can find games with almost 10% better returns just a few feet from each other.
I have vpFREE2 bookmarked on my mobile phone so I never forget the name of the website. Like blackjack, learning proper strategy for video poker and playing the right games can extend your play so that you might hit a hot streak and win a little money.
There are a lot of low rollers in Las Vegas. Just like looking for a new car you’re going to want to shop around to find the best games for the money. Playing the right games in the casino should extend your budget and extend the good times in Vegas.
It’s no secret that Downtown Vegas has undergone a major facelift over the past few years. You’re no longer just going to “Old Vegas”. You’re going to “Downtown Vegas”. They’re one in the same but each name holds a certain connotation. When you say “Old Vegas” to someone they imagine that you’re going to one of the casinos that have been around for years. The assumption is that these old casinos are falling apart because that’s how they used to be. That’s not quite the case with a new casino like Downtown Grand, a major renovation like The D and casinos that recently received a facelift like Golden Gate or the Plaza. Old isn’t so old anymore.
Downtown Vegas usually lets people know that you’re aware of the overall rejuvenation of the area. Downtown Vegas includes places outside of casinos like Downtown Container Park, Gold Spike, Nacho Daddy, the arts district and all of the young businesses that have recently opened.
Old Vegas and Downtown Vegas are the same place. Some people think of each differently and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you tell a taxi driver you want to go to Downtown Vegas or Old Vegas you’re going to end up in the same area. The mix of new, relatively new and old Vegas can be seen in the blossoming music scene.
You can find live music being played all year around on one (or two or three) of the stages under the Fremont Street Experience canopy. These free concerts bring you local bands, national touring bands and tribute bands. Walk across Fremont Street on a weekend and you’ll hear these sounds but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to music in Downtown Vegas.
Live music in Downtown Vegas can be found inside, outside and all around the area. The proliferation of the music scene is amazing. You can now walk into bars like The Commonwealth, Downtown Cocktail Room, Mob Bar or Artifice and hear bands performing. Cover fees to see a band perform sometimes apply but not always. You can enjoy a drink at any of these bars and be treated to some live music. Likewise, you can be sipping coffee at The Beat when a couple of people will grab acoustic guitars and play a few songs.
There are plenty of traditional live music venues in Downtown Vegas. The Bunkhouse Saloon recently reopened on 11th Street just off Fremont Street. Bunkhouse Saloon will have a mix of national rock bands and local bands. There are other live music venues closer to Fremont Street that have similar variety in their bands. On any night you can walk into Beauty Bar, Fremont Country Club or Backdoor Bar And Billiards to see a band performing live.
Last year Downtown Vegas became home to a huge outdoor music, food and arts festival called Life Is Beautiful. The, now annual festival, is spread out all along Downtown Vegas with multiple stages to see music. Foo Fighters, Kanye West and Lionel Richie are among the headliners of this year’s festival which takes place October 24-26. Life Is Beautiful is unlike any other music experience in Las Vegas. You can find more details here.
The music scene in Downtown Vegas is alive and pumping. You can see bands that range from two dudes playing heavy metal on cello’s to multi-platinum musicians. If you’re in the mood to see music when you’re in Las Vegas head downtown and just see what’s happening. You might be pleasantly surprised.
Football season is right around the corner. Las Vegas and football have become best friends over the years. If you are a football fan you’re probably playing fantasy football. You may play for pride or you may be playing fantasy football for money. Many people that visit Las Vegas still like to wager on the individual games themselves. After all, Nevada is one of the few states where you can legally bet on sports. Combine the increased popularity in fantasy football with those that wager on the games directly and you have a sport that’s more popular than ever in Las Vegas.
The interest in football has led to an increase in bars and restaurants showing the games. This is great but sitting in a bar or restaurant will cost you. Beer and food at most of the bars and restaurants don’t come cheap and that’s before tax, tip and other fees (some restaurant now charge some kind of convenience fee). Have no fear you can still watch football for free in the sportsbooks at many Las Vegas casinos. Here are some of the best sportsbooks to watch football for free.
Las Vegas is a city of constant change. Every week there are new shows, restaurants, bars and hotels announced. Last weekend we saw two Vegas legends say goodbye. Neither were human but both were beloved by many. In a strange coincidence both happened around the same time – 12am on Saturday.
Some time around midnight Saturday morning the Lion’s Share slot machine at MGM Grand paid out a progressive jackpot that’s been building for 20 years. The Lion’s Share jackpot reached $2.4 million when it was finally hit this weekend.
Legend has it that the Lion’s Share slot machine has been around for so long because it could not be turned off or removed until the progressive jackpot was hit. When the Lion’s Share machine was first installed 20 years ago it was one of an entire bank of machines. Since then the other jackpots were won and the machines were removed like most other old slot machines.
Sometimes real world skills help make their way into Las Vegas. Budgeting skills from work or home life can make your vacation more affordable and even better. We discuss ways to save money when in Las Vegas pretty often but budgeting is one example of a way to get stoked for your vacation to Las Vegas well in advance of your visit.
Don’t confuse budgeting with planning. Personally, I like to keep plans in Las Vegas to a minimum. I enjoy the times when I get lost in the chasm that is Las Vegas. However, I always plan for my vacation in Las Vegas by getting a budget prepared. Budgeting for a Las Vegas vacation will help in an effort to save money. You can still enjoy your vacation without a plan but as long as you have your finances in order before visiting you’ll be able to get the most bang for your buck.
Budgeting begins with getting out to Las Vegas. Planning your vacation well in advance will give you better opportunities to find less expensive flights and hotel rooms. Even discount and complimentary hotel rooms increase in price as inventory decreases. Once inventory disappears so do the discounts.
The Auto Collection at The Quad (soon to be The LINQ Hotel) is one of the coolest but forgotten attractions on the Vegas Strip. Unless you see the promotion for The Auto Collections on The Quad website or in the hotel you may not realize that this sweet collection of American and European cars existed. The Auto Collections at The Quad is one of the best secret attractions in Las Vegas that seems as if it’s hidden in plain site.
One of the most unusual things to do in Las Vegas is The Auto Collections at The Quad. The collection is an attraction that combines the thrills of an exotic car museum with the opportunity to actually buy some of the most unique and eclectic automobiles from around the world.
When you think of The Quad probably don’t think of a hotel where you can also buy a car. Buying a car in Las Vegas is usually left to the exotic car dealers off the Vegas Strip or at Wynn Las Vegas where you can buy a Ferrari or Maserati. Yes, you can walk through the Auto Collections at The Quad and purchase many of the classic cars that are on display.
September 2014 in Las Vegas may as well be known as Las Vegas Beer Month. We checked the google and there isn’t an official Las Vegas Beer Month so we’re starting it right here and right now. Not only are there are three beer festivals in Las Vegas this September but Oktoberfest begins in the middle of the month.
Everything in Las Vegas is a little bit different and Oktoberfest gets started here just a little earlier than the rest of the world. Hofbräuhaus begins Oktoberfest on September 13th while the actual Oktoberfest begins the following day in Germany. Oktoberfest will continue through October 5th. The festival of beer is celebrated with an almost month long celebration with a special brew and celebrity keg tappings every Friday & Saturday. Hofbräuhaus is Las Vegas’ only authentic German beer hall. You can visit Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas for a coupon to get a free beer in one of the most unique beer drinking environments in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas hotels are try to create an environment so inviting that you’ll never leave. They offer shows, gaming, spas, pools and more to keep you on their property. One of the best varieties that the hotels in Las Vegas offer is in dining. There’s fine dining if you’re in the mood for the best meal of your life. There’s casual dining for those of us looking for a good sit down meal. Lastly many of the hotels have a food court for the event in which we want a quick and inexpensive bite to eat. Food courts offer the flexibility to eat on site or grab a bite and head to your hotel room. This flexibility is great but the low price point is even better.
Food courts will often have name brand restaurants restaurants that offer familiar food that won’t break the bank but you have to know where to go. In the same manner hotels are not created the same, all food courts aren’t created the same. You’d be hard pressed to find a meal under $15 at some while you’ll probably never exceed $10 at others. Here are some of the best food courts in Las Vegas based on selection, atmosphere and price.
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Nearly half of casino visitors
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