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Jonathan and I do not gamble because neither of us actually understands the activity, finds it fun, or even has the time to do so considering all of our trips and experiences. When we decided to visit Las Vegas for the first time, we realized that in order to get a true sense of what the city is all about, we would have to go inside some of the city’s most well-known casinos and see what all the commotion was about!
We are aware that many travel bloggers are hesitant to write about this topic because they do not want to be viewed as encouraging gambling. However, the same could be said for doing a winery or brewery tour! When it comes to gambling, just like when it comes to drinking, acting responsibly is what truly important. That’s why we decided to create this casino beginner’s guide to assist people enjoy casinos responsibly!
Las Vegas Casino Guide and Limo Ride
Las Vegas is most renowned for its massive casino resorts, 24 hour entertainment, and world-famous live shows, almost all of which can be found along the Las Vegas Strip. The city is also known as the world’s entertainment capital at times.
Even by American standards, the city is still regarded fairly young, as it was formed in 1905 and did not become a city until 1911. People travel to Las Vegas from all over the world in search of bright lights, excitement, and, most importantly, money. This is due to Vegas’ extra-lenient approach to adult entertainment, particularly gambling, which enabled the city quickly expand into the country’s entertainment center.
Simply put, Las Vegas is most known for its casinos, which are places where people can gamble or engage in other sorts of gaming. Las Vegas has 75 legal casinos, 43 of which are located on the Las Vegas Strip, which houses the majority of the city’s attractions and entertainment options. If you are interested in playing casino games, there are Vegas casino surveys available online. These polls might help you determine which casinos in Las Vegas provide a particular game variety, their restrictions (such as $5 tables), and which one awards its players the most equitably.
Even though non-gaming activities such as helicopter rides over the strip, indoor trampolines, and even driving bulldozers around a giant adult playground are being introduced into the Las Vegas experience on a regular basis, a trip to Las Vegas would not be considered a success unless at least one person tried their hand at the casino scene.
How does a total rookie, someone as naive as we are, make the most of their first visit to a casino without losing all of their money or sitting at the bar because they are too frightened to sit down at a table and place a bet?
1. Don’t Be Frightened!
Casinos are infamous for their intimidating environments, which include bright lighting, impeccably dressed workers, armed security guards, concealed cameras, and a plethora of laws. The biggest deception propagated by casinos all over the world is the belief that the businesses are overflowing with specialists in their trade. So, what are your thoughts? That is not true! A considerable number of people who participate in the games offered in Las Vegas casinos, like you, have no idea what they are doing.
Furthermore, the majority of casinos and the individuals that work in them are not at all how they are represented in movies. Casinos are portrayed in movies as solemn, secretive locations where men in suits place complicated bets in quiet while looking at anyone who distracts them. This is not the case; in fact, you can converse with other players at almost every blackjack table in a casino while you’re there, and you can even ask them for suggestions on how to play the game. Getting beyond these casino myths is the first and easiest hurdle you’ll encounter on your road to having a great first-time gambling experience in Las Vegas.
2. Read Up on the Games Before You Join Them
As with many parts of life, our lack of understanding is the source of our dread, often known as the fear of the unknown. Every casino game has its unique set of regulations, all of which can be learned and understood with a little amount of research and hands-on experience. You can even learn the most basic rules of a game, allowing you to play it for fun even if you don’t know everything there is to know about it.
Consider the card game of blackjack, where the most basic criterion is that the sum of your hand’s values not exceed 21. The dealer deals you two cards, and you decide whether or not to take another card based on the total value of the two cards you’ve been dealt in an attempt to reach as near to 21 as possible. If the dealer gets closer to 21 than you do, or if the sum of your cards is greater than 21, you will lose the game. Simple!
Before you begin playing the games, you can educate yourself about them in a variety of ways, including the following:
- Before you even start your vacation or attend a casino, educate yourself by conducting online research.
- The internet is brimming with how-to lessons written expressly for people like us by both pros and amateurs. They come with a slew of instructive pictures, plain-English explanations, and even video walkthroughs.
- Instructions for Playing Casino Games for Free
The majority of casinos are happy to educate you how to play the games that they have to offer. This is hardly surprising given that casinos generate money when their consumers lose money playing their games. The best thing is that casinos typically offer free tuition for a variety of casino games, including many variations of Poker, Blackjack, and Roulette. Check with your hotel or the casino for the scheduling of these fundamental courses. They will almost certainly be held in the morning. Another perk of attending the free sessions is that you will meet a few other individuals who are in the same predicament as you, have some laughs and jokes about it, and put some friendly bets together in a simulated gambling setting. This should put you at ease and give you a little more confidence when playing.
It’s one thing to read about and hear about the games, but nothing compares to actually playing them. You could practice with friends at the kitchen table while drinking a few beers if you really want to get your feet wet without really entering a real casino, or you could play online casino games if you really want to get your feet wet without actually entering a real casino. Whatever type of workout you choose, you will notice a substantial rise in self-assurance as well as a significant boost in your level of calm. Be careful not to let your newfound confidence overpower you; remember that you are still a rookie, that you have a spending restriction, and that your time spent in casinos is only a small part of your entire Las Vegas vacation.
3. Establish Your Boundaries and Adhere to Them
Let’s face it: you’re not a professional gambler, and you probably didn’t take out a second mortgage on your house to fund your first vacation to Las Vegas to test your luck at the tables. You should choose games with the smallest amount of money required for each wager. This will allow you to play more games while staying inside your budget. When you visit Las Vegas or any other casino for the first time, you are not there to “win big,” but rather to enjoy yourself.
Before you sit down to play, make sure you check what is known as the “table minimum.” The table minimum is the minimal possible stake that can be placed on each round of the game and is usually shown prominently on a sign placed on or adjacent to the table. The lower the table minimum, the lower your average wager per round, and the longer you can enjoy your first casino excursion without exceeding your spending restriction.
4. Refreshments and Snacks Are Complimentary
You read that correctly: if you put a few cents into a slot machine or place a bet at a table, you are entitled to free beverages and snacks. In fact, if you choose your games, beverages, and meals wisely, you may have a great time while spending less money than you would in a bar or club! Waiters and waitresses will approach you to take your order, and it is customary to leave a tip of one to two dollars for each beverage supplied. If you do not pay, it is quite unlikely that they would return to serve you again – waiters in Las Vegas labor for tips and work long, difficult hours, so it is only fair that you recompense them for their efforts.
5. Become Acquainted With the Unwritten Rules, Sometimes Known as “Casino Etiquette.”
As in any other situation, familiarizing yourself with the fundamental social norms and interactions will ensure that you maintain positive relationships with the dealer and other players, as well as protect you from being reprimanded by any of the staff members, making the experience less enjoyable for you.
Tipping the dealer is an extremely essential ritual at casinos, even more so than in restaurants, and some players even consider it to be good luck. A reasonable rule of thumb is to put aside at least $5 per hour, which is equal to half of your minimum stake. The tip should be paid in chips rather than cash. Another simple etiquette rule that used to be a societal norm that was obeyed in everyday life is “no phones at the table.”