I'm going to VEGAS! Can you give me some tips/tricks/warnings/etc.?

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  1. Ryan Hupfer profile image60
    Ryan Hupferposted 15 years ago


    It's true, I'm officially taking off to Vegas this weekend to represent HubPages at one of the largest blogging and new media conventions in the world, Blog World and New Media Expo. Yeah, I know...pretty sweet, eh?

    So, while I'm out there I'm going to be communicating the awesomeness of HubPages, which involves a type of 'HubPages Vegas Bag O' Goodies' that will include some different things that make HubPages such a great place to write.

    One of the things that I emphasize is the fact that we have an amazing community of writers who truly love writing, reading and mingling on HubPages. Well, to show people how our community can be helpful, I came up with the idea of all of us Hubbers coming up with short, informative and funny Vegas tips/warnings/recommendations/etc. that I can include in the bag that I end up giving to people this weekend.

    These should be no more than 2-3 sentences that give the person reading them some advice, information or just a good laugh when they read them. I'll add one Hubber's Vegas thoughts in each bag, so the more that I can get, the better. Also, they don't need to specifically be for Vegas, they can also just be tips on playing cards, gambling or how to make some money playing craps.

    For example, I could say:

    'MGM Grand and The Mirage both have WAR tables, which are great for playing when you've a few too many free drinks in the casino.'


    'Craps is your best best when making money, assuming that you didn't just learn to play it by watching your hotel room TV.'

    I know that we can come up with some good ones, so give 'em to me and thanks for your help!

    Watch out Vegas, here comes HubPages! smile

    1. profile image58
      Yellowburgandyposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Mt. Charleston and Red Rock has beautiful scenery if you like the Vegas outdoors!

  2. acufftg profile image40
    acufftgposted 15 years ago


    Goto the RIO and try out their seafood buffet! (If you like seafood) Its about $35 if I remember right.


    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image60
      Ryan Hupferposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, Cuff...way to kick off the Vegas tips. What else, Hubbers? We need to help all of these bloggers out smile

  3. gamergirl profile image84
    gamergirlposted 15 years ago

    When you're there for the full Vegas experience, make sure you stay at one of the hotels on the Strip!  My personal recommendation is the Luxor (that's the pyramid hotel with the beam of light shooting from the top!)

    Keep in mind that Las Vegas is seriously busy - but most of the stuff on the Strip can be walked to - save a few bucks and forget renting a car - there are lots of ways to get around once you've dumped your bags at the hotel.  big_smile

  4. Maddie Ruud profile image71
    Maddie Ruudposted 15 years ago

    People usually bet more when they're doing well, but instead, double your bet every time you lose.  You're guaranteed to make money.  Assuming you have an unlimited bankroll to begin with.

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image90
      Rochelle Frankposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      People with unlimited bankrolls don't need advice. smile

      P.S.  I haven't been to Vegas in about thirty years-- most of the hotels I visited have been blown up.

      1. Maddie Ruud profile image71
        Maddie Ruudposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        Tell that to Donald Trump and his rugstyl--  ahem... I mean hairstylist.


        1. waynet profile image69
          waynetposted 15 years agoin reply to this

          You'd think with all that money he has, he would have got rid of that shagpile off his nut long ago!!

  5. Inspirepub profile image72
    Inspirepubposted 15 years ago

    Vegas is a great place to go - as long as you don't gamble, everything is terrific value ...

  6. SweetiePie profile image84
    SweetiePieposted 15 years ago

    If you ever are in Southern California there are several casinos on major Indian reservations that offer gambling and entertainment on par with Las Vegas.  I have been to Las Vegas a couple of times and it is okay, but most of us prefer to just go to one of the local casinos where you can get many of the same amenities and spend less, consider gas, airfare, hotels etc.  Last March I had wanted to go to the Moody Blues concert at Casino Pechanga, but work interfered with this event. When we go to a local casino it is just a once in a blue moon day trip, but I must admit I enjoyed the buffets.  Casino Morongo actually had a better buffet than several of the ones I had went to in Las Vegas.  There is nothing wrong with Las Vegas and there are many interesting things to do, such as the shows and the Coca Cola museum, but honestly I would rather go to local casinos that support the Native American tribes, which give that give back to the community in the form of jobs and donations for local schools.

  7. Bonnie Ramsey profile image69
    Bonnie Ramseyposted 15 years ago

    Hubby and I went to the Santa Fe Casino and had a blast! We gambled all day and into the night (14 hours total) on $30 each! Most fun I had in years! We didn't need to stay in a hotel since we were on a big truck with our own living quarters lol. Just gambled, drank and then crashed! It was awsome! And if you play the slots, make sure to find out where all the noise is. Over the years I have noticed that if it is quiet on certain rows, it usually stays that way lol. If you can, always max bet! Found out the hard way when I hit a progressive jackpot on one coin! mad Best of luck to ya!!!


  8. PLM profile image61
    PLMposted 15 years ago

    I did a lot of communication tower climbing work on microwaves in Vegas.  In spite of the desert naturally being thought of as hot... those towers sure get cold in the winter time up top.

    I've stayed all over at just about every hotel.  The silverton was the gig for me though.  They had some groovy choppers that OCC built for the casino and the food was decent.

    For a "rough-neck" tower climber, Vegas is my kind of town.  Work all day, gamble and drink all nite...  wake up hung over and climb towers all day long.  Wash and repeat every night of the week for many months and you've got the recipe for speed thrills and fun.  Taste death... live life!

  9. Veronica profile image68
    Veronicaposted 15 years ago

    I always have a great time at Ghost Bar. It's in The Palms.

  10. Ryan Hupfer profile image60
    Ryan Hupferposted 15 years ago

    Great advice so far...anyone else? I need some real advice from all of you Hubbers! smile

    Surely someone's learned a thing or two after going to Vegas.

    I have one for everyone:

    You know those cards that all of the guys are trying to give you on the strip...? Yeah, all of the girls aren't really that hot. I mean...that's what I hear...


    ummmm...your turn!

  11. DJ Funktual profile image75
    DJ Funktualposted 15 years ago

    North Vegas, where I lived for a for month is so great for hiking and starry skies

    FATBURGER!!!!!   In & Out BURGER!!!!

    The Vintage & Phunky Phassions of THE ATTIC is nuts for the shoppers.

    Odyssey Records is killer too. 

    THEME PARK just outside of vega$ called BUFFALO BILL'S

    The Sports Complex was FREAKIN INSANE too! 

    I recommend looking at Vegas from the Outside looking in. 
    It helps keep the strip in perspective. 

    there's more to NYC than Times Square, ya know what I mean?

    In casinos, keep that ID handy, yer gunna need it!

  12. Paraglider profile image87
    Paragliderposted 15 years ago

    As Gamergirl said - walk, walk, walk! If you have time for a trip out, the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon are both worth a visit. And don't, on any account, take anything seriously!

  13. spryte profile image76
    spryteposted 15 years ago

    The BEST breakfast in Las Vegas can be found at the Blueberry Hill Family Restaurant - (702) 382-3330 -1723 E Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104.

    If you have the time, the best show in town is still The Blue Man Group at the Venetian.

    If the "sky" in the Venetian starts to look too real...you've had too much to drink.

    What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas.  If you marry that person, chances are they're going to follow you home.

    Take a nap during the day.  All the good stuff happens after dark.

    Those are my Las Vegas tips!

    1. Marisa Wright profile image85
      Marisa Wrightposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Best tip so far!

      I thought the Venetian sky looked real even when I was sober - what does that say about me?

  14. Anna Marie Bowman profile image73
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 15 years ago

    If you are a big Beatles fan, check out "Love" at The Mirage!!!  It is incredible!!!!

  15. rainmakerrain profile image60
    rainmakerrainposted 15 years ago

    Vegas is the best.

    First thing you do is to go S Las Vegas Blvd just after Mandalay Bay—look to the middle of the boulevard to see the famous sign “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada.” There’s a place to park in the middle to take pictures.  Go to Paris buffet—most people who work in Vegas say it’s the best (for seafood buffet with lobster tails go to Rio – though there’s nothing else in this hotel for guys--girls go to Chip N Dale show).

    When you have time – get a cup of coffee at the northern entrance of Bellagio, the one after Caesars Palace, and find a good spot to enjoy the Fountains of Bellagio.  There’s a great coffee house facing fabulous waterfall at Wynn.

    If you are tired of expensive food, you can visit OJ Simpson’s favorite, Palace Station. Open a players card (it’s free) and you’ll get an all you can eat dinner buffet for $8. I heard a bellman at the PS is a witness at the new OJ trial.

    Say you accidentally decide to get married in Vegas and you have $265 to spare—there’s a drive-through wedding window at Tunnel of Love Drive-Through Wedding Chapel, Address: 1301 Las Vegas Blvd. South, phone: 800-545-8111.

    But before getting married, you should visit the Marriage License Bureau at 3d street downtown. It’ll take you no more than 20 minutes for the license. You’ll need one ID to prove your identity and nothing else except $50. You might be surprised on your way out of the bureau, when they give you a $100 offer for a wedding that includes flowers, professional photos, champagne, wedding dress, and a free limo ride from the hotel to the chapel.

    A great game is the Big Six and at the newest hotel, the Palazzo, the minimum is only a dollar. You can play for hours with $50 and it’s fun.

    Vegas is also a great place for shopping—the Forum Shops at Caesars, the Fashion Show right across Wynn. But my favorites are the two big outlet centers—one on N Las Vegas Blvd and one on the S Las Vegas Blvd. All taxi drivers know them.

    Never visit the Terrible’s Casino—it’s really terrible. And always take care of people, cause Vegas is a kick-back city.

  16. Ryan Hupfer profile image60
    Ryan Hupferposted 15 years ago

    These are some great ones so far...keep 'em coming if you can think of something to add.

    Thanks for your help with this!

  17. Maddie Ruud profile image71
    Maddie Ruudposted 15 years ago

    Remember: strippers are paid to like you.

    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image60
      Ryan Hupferposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      haha...I love this one. smile

  18. RyanRE profile image60
    RyanREposted 15 years ago

    Have a blast Ryan! Oh and the Bellagio has War too. Seriously it does.

  19. profile image0
    artspeckposted 15 years ago

    Freemont Street is one not to miss, with it's light and sound shows projected onto the roof, to the street entertainment, this is the street you will remember in Vegas.

  20. DJ Funktual profile image75
    DJ Funktualposted 15 years ago

    Spryte's advice about a nap IS SPOT ON Ryan.   Heed these words.

  21. jimmythejock profile image84
    jimmythejockposted 15 years ago

    Vegas was named after a famous vegetarian let out alot of wind......jimmy
    P.s this fact is not true but I would love to see the faces on the people reading it from the bag lol

    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image60
      Ryan Hupferposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      yeah, these don't need to actually be 'true'...I mean, it IS Vegas after all.

      1. Anna Marie Bowman profile image73
        Anna Marie Bowmanposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        Oh, in that case...LOL!!

        Elvis is alive, and yes, he is in Vegas...he blends in well there.

        Aliens did land in the desert in the fifties.  They are also in Vegas.  Again, they blend in well.

        Why do I see this leading to a bunch of people going on a wild goose chase around Vegas looking for things that don't exist??

  22. Average Jane profile image61
    Average Janeposted 15 years ago

    How about:

    Double or nothing is not a choice...

    When in doubt, assume that IS an adam's apple...

    What's buried in Vegas, stays buried in Vegas. Seriously.

    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image60
      Ryan Hupferposted 15 years agoin reply to this


      Hilarious. smile

      Thanks for the tips so far...keep 'em coming! I need as many as possible!

      How about when the slot machines start to look like this, it's probably time to take Spryte and Funks advice and take a nap. smile


      1. spryte profile image76
        spryteposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        Actually...that's when I start hunting around in my bag for my glasses.  If they're already on my nose, THAT is when it's time for a nap.

  23. Maddie Ruud profile image71
    Maddie Ruudposted 15 years ago

    Go back to the other person's hotel room, not your own.  That way you can leave when you want to, don't have to figure out a way to kick them out, and they have no way of finding you again.

    That is, for people who do that sort of thing.  Ahem.  I've never even been to Vegas.

    1. DJ Funktual profile image75
      DJ Funktualposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Hilarious.  I want to read Maddie's Guilt-free Guide to Casual Sex now.

      1. Maddie Ruud profile image71
        Maddie Ruudposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        That is one book that will never get written.  There is a feminist book called "The Ethical Slut," however, in you're interested in that sort of thing.

  24. Ryan Hupfer profile image60
    Ryan Hupferposted 15 years ago

    I'm putting all of this stuff together, so if you have any gambling, Las Vegas or 'how-to-not-get-stuck-in-a-hotel-room' (Maddie) advice - let's hear it! smile

    1. Mark Knowles profile image59
      Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      I spent six months in Vegas playing poker professionally. smile  I was pretty good, but all day ,everyday in a casino got to me badly. sad

      Advice about gambling -

      You are going to lose lol

  25. broalexdotinfo profile image56
    broalexdotinfoposted 15 years ago

    Never been to Vegas but it`s a nice place.

    Advice no 1 : Stay away from the casinos !
    No matter you have 10 or 10.000 $, the risk is too high,
    even if only 24, I have gambled a 2 room apartment in nearly 4 years and gave up.


  26. haveittodayray profile image42
    haveittodayrayposted 15 years ago

    Re: Vegas

    Been coming to Vegas for over 35 years, now live here.  Here our just a few suggestions:

    1. Visit:  Hooters---why? Free $200 in slot play for signing up for their comp card (no charge)
                 complete with coupon book worth of $100.

    2. Voodoo Lounge at top of the Rio, at night spectacular views, complete with bar and dance floor and live bands.

    3. Bellagio Gardens,  a must see at the Bellagio.

    4. Wynn Resorts,  waterfalls and special night laser show all free. Also showcase of Ferrari cars.

    5. Venetian, a must see complete with Canals and Gondolas.

    6. Cesaurs Palace   free shows throughtout the day, and their Forum shops.

    7. M&M tour, best $3.00 entertainment value (mainly for families)

    8. Downtown---nightly laser electronic show on Fremont Street.

    9. Mirage---for the Beatles.

    10. Paris and Planet Hollywood for the sights (right next to one another)

    11. Red Rock casino (about 20 miles out of town, one of the newer Station Casinos.

    12. Harrah's ouside entertainment court, free live music and bands and one of the best steak houses on the strip complete with views.

    13. New Palazzio Resort next to the Venetian, for sheer opulence. (newest hotel in Vegas)

    I could go on and on, but that is  enough for now.  Enjoy and have fun!!

    <snipped promotional link - no sigs please>

    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image60
      Ryan Hupferposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Well helllllo Mr. Vegas! haha

      Thanks for the list smile

  27. Ryan Hupfer profile image60
    Ryan Hupferposted 15 years ago

    All of you are so awesome for helping me out...people are going to LOVE these! smile

  28. Research Analyst profile image74
    Research Analystposted 15 years ago

    Ryan, Its such an exciting time for Hubpages, going to Vegas is a blast.
    One of my favorite places to go, especially if you don't want to go to the strip but you want to have all the flash of vegas, is the Freemont Experience, it is a huge screen outside,  surrounded by restraunts, gift shops, casino's and live music performances, and the amazing thing is all the people that fit in this outdoor space is extravagant. You will see groups of people walking up and down with tall glasses of alcohol, its just one huge party. http://www.vegasexperience.com/ Just look at the videos from this link.

    My tip or advice would be if the one your with gets on your nerves, take them to the Freemont Experience and when the music starts and the crowds are looking up at the over head projection. ------Slip away.
    When they notice you are gone, and they call you on your cell phone.  Tell them your lost and  give them all these crazy land marks, so while they are trying to find you, You will have time to down a few drinks and have a good laugh.

  29. DJ Funktual profile image75
    DJ Funktualposted 15 years ago

    You're right.  I need to think more like Maddie. How bout, "How to Play Xylophone on Kate Moss' ribs and 100 other Eating Disorder Awareness, Celebrity Games."

    1. Maddie Ruud profile image71
      Maddie Ruudposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      You know those old rainbow xylophones with wheels for kids?  I tried to skateboard on mine when I was like, 3.  Got two nice scars on my lower lip to prove it, but they only show when I smile.

      The xylophone bit reminded me.  Probably this should be filed under the "things you never cared to know about the HubPages team."

      Back to the original topic.  Ummm...  How 'bout this for Vegas advice:

      "The less you drink tonight, the more you can drink tomorrow."

  30. spryte profile image76
    spryteposted 15 years ago

    Hmmm...more advice...

    "Don't forget to take the miniature shampoo and conditioner with you when you leave." 

    "Avoid slot machines recently vacated by little old ladies.  Respect their right to reclaim ownership of the machine for up to thirty minutes after leaving the seat."

    "Wear a watch...or else be happy with never knowing what time it is."

    "Your drink is free while gambling...but does not include a tip."

    For ladies:  "While gambling, wrap the straps of your purse around your shoulder, across your chest, around your ankle, between your butt cheeks and through the post of your earring.  This way if somebody tries to steal it, you might notice a slight tug."

  31. SweetiePie profile image84
    SweetiePieposted 15 years ago

    Another interesting thing about Las Vegas, people are so drunk playing the slot machines they will say the most interesting things.  I had a Hawaiian Hello Kitty wallet and I took out some change to play a machine, and some men said they really liked the bear I was holding and they wanted to pet it.  When I told them it was Hello Kitty, they insisted it was a bear and still wanted to pet it.

  32. Uninvited Writer profile image79
    Uninvited Writerposted 15 years ago

    Hm...phantom Ryan post...and poof it's gone...and it's back and then it's gone again smile

    1. Ryan Hupfer profile image60
      Ryan Hupferposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      haha...had to edit the post really quick. It's there now. smile

  33. Ryan Hupfer profile image60
    Ryan Hupferposted 15 years ago

    Thanks for all of  the suggestions! Everyone loves these tips and the HubPages Bag O' VegasFun!


  34. Uninvited Writer profile image79
    Uninvited Writerposted 15 years ago

    Quit playing with my head Ryan! smile

  35. Paul Edmondson profile imageSTAFF
    Paul Edmondsonposted 15 years ago
  36. Cindere11a profile image61
    Cindere11aposted 15 years ago

    If you're looking for dating tips - absolutely!  If you want help on how to win a million bucks, call me when you figure that one out!  smile

  37. starme77 profile image76
    starme77posted 9 years ago

    Leave the Credit Cards At Home smile haha

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