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How to Free Roll Las Vegas Nevada A First Timers Guide to Free Comps,Shows,Food,Attractions and more..

Updated on January 30, 2014

How did I free roll Vegas? My first time there you're probably thinking it's not possible, but it is...

As an unemployed male in his 30's there is a good chance most of you readers will think what I accomplished in Vegas wasn't possible, or should be impossible.
Most unemployed people aren't given the opportunity to even travel, let alone fly to Vegas and enjoy a 5 day stay.
My goal in this hub is to educate the reader on not only how I did free roll my Vegas trip, but also to share the knowledge to give to you first hand how you can do it too.

Book an early flight or package

If it's possible book a Jackpot Deal found with Southwest Airlines!! Their travel agents will help you find the cheapest way possible to find hotel and flight combinations.
I paid $499 total from Chicago to Las Vegas on Jackpot Deals. This was for 4 nights in a Hotel and Round trip airfare .When I asked others on the flight what they paid their jaws dropped as some said $500-$700 for just a plane ticket round trip.

Also if renting a car use Atlaschoice Car Rental. I booked a car last minute the day before departure and paid $84 for 5 days. This was a must have in my experience. Even if I only stayed on the strip it was a blessing to be able to drive out and go to a store or a restaurant off the main drag without the high overhead pricing.

The First piece of the puzzle MyVegas Slots on Facebook

MyVegas slots played an intricate part in the early stages of my planning when it came to free rolling Vegas. It's a free application found on Facebook that offers real rewards for your time and play on the application. Backed by MLife it hosts a slew of rewards found in any MLife property as well as many other attractions found in Vegas.

Based on user play one can earn Loyalty points and then you can turn those loyalty points into real comps in Vegas before you even arrive. There are some restrictions on the application set in place though so you cannot totally take Vegas by the horn. For instance you can only use 3 major comps per 30 day period if you're a free player like me.

There are others who have paid for chips who are allowed to use more than 3 comps however for me as a free player I didn't see the need to pay to enjoy the free comps I have received.

There are thousands of people connected to the MyVegas network, many I've been blessed to meet since starting a group for increased comps and coins on Facebook. I learned fast the quickest way to get free coins was to add friends on a network and created a group specifically for that purpose on Facebook called MyVegas App Connection for Increased Coins/Comps.

American Casino Guide 2014 by Steve Bourie

The Second piece of the puzzle.

The American Casino Guide 2014 by Steve Bourie is a must have Casino book.

The information provided in the book is not important to seasoned gamblers as you already know all the games and how to play them. What is important is in the back of the book from pages 351-496 there are pages upon pages of casino coupons. Most of the coupons you'll find are $10 match play or $10 free play in slots but you'll also find food coupons and one or two match play for $25.

If you don't plan on having a rental car it will be hard to get to all the resorts in Las Vegas to use the coupons, but the information in the book for novice gamblers is worth the buy.

On a scale of 1-10 I vote 10 on all people who travel to Vegas should own this book.

Host Hotel Hooters
Host Hotel Hooters

The Third piece of the puzzle the host resort.

My host resort was Hooters Casino and Hotel. Where you sleep (or don't sleep) or shower only makes a difference if you plan on being there a long time. In my case I didn't choose Hooters , they chose me because of Jackpot Deals with SouthWest Airlines. (they were the cheapest package available)

My flight and hotel was $499 total from Chicago (as mentioned above). Sure I could of upgraded and got a nicer hotel for more money but I saw the Hotel as being the least important part of my journey and I was right as I spent only a mere 7 hours inside the Hotel.

The games in the casino were mediocre at best, and the comps the hotel offered me were non existent based on my play. My first night in it was my B day and they offered me 0 .The casino floor itself was tiny, and the game selections were scarce.

Compliments of Dollar Car rental partnered with AtlasChoice
Compliments of Dollar Car rental partnered with AtlasChoice

The Forth piece of the puzzle the Rental Car

As a last minute thought and wanting to maximize the use of the coupons in the American Casino Guide I got a rental car through Dollar Rentals. For $84 (booked only the night before my arrival) I got to enjoy driving everywhere I wanted for 5 days. You must turn down all the extras they offer and only go with the rental of the vehicle. (unless you're accident-prone)
Having a car did turn out to be an asset as I cruised the strip and downtown areas with ease, and made light of what would have been a time consuming adventure had I walked or took public transportation.

The Fifth piece of the puzzle the Free Play

Being it was my Birthday I got to enjoy a few extra perks being a first timer. This doesn't mean one who has visited before cannot enjoy offers as well.

The Luxor (more on this amazing place later) for instance gave me a spin on a birthday wheel and $25 free play to use in the slots.

The Tropicana Resort offered a first time member insurance. Located on Billboards directly outside my host resort in the amount of $200. Their sign said "The first $200 is on us."
Hard to not notice or take advantage of this offer in which if you lose $200 playing the slots in one day, they will credit your account with $100 free slot play that day. Another free $100 in the next month you can use for a future journey good for one year.

The Cosmopolitan had a similar insurance offer except it was $100 back for $100 lost also in same day free promo play.

The Plaza in Downtown Vegas offered lose $100 and get $100 back as well. Theirs gave you $50 promo the following day and $50 the next.

The other resorts I visited were much like my host Casino I stayed at. Would give you $5-$10 in free play and other perks if you earned enough points in your visit.

Some people on the internet or in gambling guides suggest you limit your bankroll to one resort to earn comps at one location. I suggest you do the exact opposite spreading your bankroll out to many resorts and many locations that offer any kind of free play maximizing your free offers you can receive from many different resorts across the greatness that is Las Vegas Nevada.

The First Night

My arrival in Vegas was delayed 10 hours due to weather. Within this period I had time to study books, and manuals on what to see or where to go in Vegas. I never had a sure cut plan on what to do , or where to go once I arrived and instead went with the flow.

I took a $2000 bankroll to Vegas. I figured this was enough money to sustain losses and regain money back based on the laws of averages in gambling. Turned out to be exactly what I needed.

Greatly excited and motivated to gamble I dropped $300 in my host casino before I even put my bags in my room all on slots that were obviously in a down cycle. Just like they can be in an up cycle and give tons of money away the exact opposite can occur. Within a blink of an eye a 1/8th of my bankroll disappeared. When I asked Hooters for any comps available for my $300 play (since I really didn't win at all) I was told nothing. Which brings me to a learning lesson, always ask first or see if they offer anything in advance. Giving $300 to a resort that's not giving just stinks.

After checking in my bags I walked outside and saw the billboard to the Tropicana next door. Quickly I rushed to catch their offers inside. For the first hour or so I couldn't lose the $100 to get the insurance. I'd lose $50 then win $100 and lose $100. This went on for some time as I was destined to lose $200 to get the $200 insurance . (I know I'm a crazy guy)
Sometime by 11pm I was successful losing my $200 and actually had my bankroll on life support down to $1200. I then went to the Kiosk and activated my free-play offer. Some luck does play a huge role in this free roll adventure and Michael Jackson helped me stage the comeback. Playing "WannaBe Starting Something" I hit a bonus with a $500 payout getting me back to close to even. Jolly Roger progressive hit for $350 minutes later and I was down $250. It was about 1 am or so and I asked the rewards desk if I had any comps available. They obliged with a $20 meal at their cafe.
Retired to my Host Casino and after feeling I had gotten robbed earlier I went to Lord of the Rings slot. It was in a good cycle and gave me $150 off of $20 and I then retired to bed.

The next day I was still on a mission to use the insurance offers and headed to Downtown Vegas . My first stop was The Plaza which offered $100 insurance payable in the form of promo cash in 2 day spurts.

The Second Day

I rode out to downtown Vegas. Wanting to take advantage of all the coupons inside the American Casino Guide I traveled to downtown. I chose first to hit The Plaza. There my play was significant as the day before on The Strip. Within 2 hrs I dropped $400 playing some risky slots. (Risky to me are slots that have a less than average payout)

Afterwards I activated my $100 free play at the club booth. Their hosts were very pleasant. Offered me a free shirt, and told me I was entered into the Daily Slot Tournament based on my play. When I played the tourney I placed 8th and actually won an additional $75 free slot dollars.

Before leaving I wanted to try 3 card poker. This part of my strategy is a feeling I got. Only 3 card poker I played while in Vegas and I played 1 on 1 against the dealer. 4th hand I hit three 5's with a $400+ payout. Free-rolling the whole experience inside The Plaza.
Then I strolled down The Freemont Experience hitting the various Casinos all over mainly playing the coupons and such I had earned from the book. A few hours at blackjack even, a few hours at slots even, and it was getting near the time for me to go to one of my free shows at The Luxor. Back to the strip I headed.

The Luxor Best place to be on the Planet.

My thoughts of the past 24 hours were fresh, and I felt very fortunate that I had been even thus far in my trip. I hit the slots hard after visiting the Mlife desk and redeeming my ticket. The booth was nice enough to spin a big wheel for my Bday (which had passed the night before) and I won $25 slot dollars and away I went...
After losing about $300 or so at the Luxor on various slots trying to find the loose one I hit my first hand pay of my gambling career. It came just in time too as I was running late to my show.
Off to see the Jabowakeez and enjoy the rest of the night.

The show ended and I felt the need to stay in the massive pyramid that brought me much joy. I joined a $40 buy in tournament for Texas Holdem and played placing 12th. Eventually ending up back on the slots.
The very first slot I hit was the Timber Wolf Deluxe . Within 4 mins I hit a bonus with 4 triggers and was up 400+ and played on that money all night till 5 am having the time of my life.
Finally at around 6 am I retired to my host Casino to get a few mins of sleep.

$25 Chips
$25 Chips | Source

The rest of the trip

The rest of the trip mainly consisted of playing with the money I won or free offers I earned.
I bounced from the strip to downtown, back to the strip and finally ended up at my favorite the Luxor.
I made sure to leave some of the major resorts to go so on my next trip I can do more again.

The Cosmopolitan also offered insurance up to $100 in losses so I did take them up on that one.Once again failing to lose $100 and winning in the process when trying to lose. I only played a total of 4 hrs there yet the offers I have gotten include 3 free nights and food voucher, VIP Bruno Mars Tickets.

I played in a total of 14 resorts and out of those I won or broke even at 12 of them and only 2 I lost at.
Considerable play and perception is what makes this free roll complete. It was the perception of a high roller and play of up and down showing considerable losses that got me whatever I wanted if I asked for it.

It was also who you asked and what you asked for that made a great deal. When I was told no for something I found a pit boss, or staff. Sometimes even walking in to the V.I.P area and asking them directly if I could have something I wanted or needed.

You are at the Casino spending your hard earned money more than likely so do not be shy about asking for offers. Take it from me they will give you things if you show play and ask for it.

Currently I have 7 shirts from the resorts, over 8 free hotel rooms, free play, have been offered to attend V.I.P events and also free food vouchers.

That's a whole lot considering I didn't have a dime in my bank account . These offers all add up to big savings when I plan my next trip..


In Closing

You must remove your emotional attachment to your money like I did to make this possible. Trusting your money will return in some way or form is mandatory..
It was huge losses that spurred big wins and had I given up along any part of that journey I wouldn't of won what I did nor got the offers I'm seeing today.

The Book The American Casino Guide benefited me well. Had I not got the last minute rental I wouldn't of been able to take advantage of all the offers it had however since most of the offers are at the wide range of resorts everywhere in not only Vegas but the Casinos across America.

Luck does play some part in what I did, but also skill.. If you feel a slot is giving more money than usual push the button quickly a few times and try to stop the reels. You could get lucky and pull an Ultimate RNG that could possibly pave your way to riches. If you feel a slot is dead do not hesitate to move to another. It could be the very next slot you play that brings in the gold..

I successfully played over 200+ slots. Some for a few mins, some for hours. Don't give up or give in no matter how low your bankroll gets. It could be the last $100 you have that brings you back from the brink.

Don't be afraid to ask for things, Don't be shy, and maximize your stay or opportunity to return for a cheaper trip next time. In the whole trip I paid $0 for food and all buffets were comped.

Currently I have a host at the Luxor : I asked her to find me a job, she said to put her down for a reference. This is the type of thing you need to do to open doors for yourself to better cheaper trip in the future.

If you don't ask you will not gain anything and they will categorize you as another player among the travelers just coming to Vegas for a fun time. Make a name for yourself. Make them remember you, and make yourself relevant ...

Thanks for reading my Blog on How I free-rolled Vegas. Already planning my next trip hopefully by July. Round two of free-rolling Vegas the way only an Unemployed Guy knows how..

God-bless , see you in the future and as always Good-luck..

Luck+Skills= Success

The Freemont
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      Knowledgeshared 4 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for the comment Karen and Robin :) Wow Karen what a great deal. My next trip I go Cheapoair because my hotel will be free. All in all not too bad though. Appreciate your thoughts and time! Thanks so much!! :)

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      Karen McClellan 4 years ago

      Good Job my unemployed friend...I enjoyed your blog, very well written!!! I will learn from you I have only been to Vegas 13 times and you got further in your travel than I have all together, except I would get my air and hotel for about 190 from MN. I am good at the transportation part of it but the gambling is another story. I hope my next trip will be nothing like the past due to my friend..The Unemployed Gambler!!! Thanks Gary!!

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      Robin Jobe 4 years ago

      Gary, I really enjoyed your blog. I frequent Vegas and the local Indian Casinos and reap the benefits of comps. I'm interested in the guide and learned to ask....that's the one thing I have not done. Thank you.


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