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Classic Vegas Mistake: Not knowing how to play multiple hands at Black Jack 
4/24/10, 8:29 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

You see it quite often in any casino: a player playing multiple hands at Black Jack. If you want to do this also - be sure to know the rules and procedures, or you will end up embarrassing yourself at the table.

Most casinos follow these general rules:

If you want to play two hands, you must play twice the table minimum for each hand. For example, if the table minimum is $10, you must play at least $20 on each hand.

If you want to play three hands, you must play five times the table minimum for each hand. If the table minimum is $10, you must play at least $50 for each hand.

You canít play more than three hands.

Donít make the mistake of trying to play multiple hands when you donít have enough money. All you will do is have the dealer tell you that you canít do it, or for them to stop the game and call over the pit boss, so the pit boss can tell you the rules.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Making Every Meal a Culinary Experience 
4/23/10, 8:36 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

There are many excellent dining options in Vegas. But every meal in Vegas does not have to be an ďeventĒ.

Dining takes time and time is your most valuable asset in Las Vegas. So, if you are hungry, you donít have to sit down in a Cafť or Buffet. Grab some fast food and keep gambling and drinking. Sometimes it is better to fill the stomach for cheap, and save your money for one or two awesome meals.

Below are some of the quick options for guys:

Caesarís - Cypress Marketplace Court
It is a little confusing because it looks like a typical mall food court, but you use tickets instead of cash, and then have to pay for the tickets. It has a variety of all your normal fast food options and is located near the entrance of the Forum Shops from the casino.

MGM Grand - McDonalds, Starbucks and a Generic Pizza Place
Far down the Studio Walk you will find a food court. There is a Fat-Tuesday-style slushy drink place across from it to wash your food down.

New York, New York - The Village Eateries
It looks like the streets of New York because it has theatrical smoke spewing out of the fake potholes. The Village Eateries offers a variety of non-brand name fast food places that serve up the normal fanfare of hamburgers, deli sandwiches, and pizza. After a bite, head up the long stairs in the back to the roller coaster.

Casino Royale - Subway, TCBY and Noble Roman's
After your drink twenty of the Casino Royale's special $1 Michelobs, you are either going to be passed out or starving. If you are starving, grab a quick meatball sub at Subway and continue drinking. If you are passed out, then you will have to wait until the morning.

Excalibur - Krispy Kream
The only reason the Excalibur is on the list is for Krispy Kream. This is the only Krispy Kream on the Strip that actually makes the doughnuts there (all the other places server day old doughnuts). There is nothing like a hot doughnut when you are stumbling back to your room with the munchies. You probably wonít pass it unless you are walking from New York, New York to Mandalay Bay (or vice versa) and pass through the Excalibur. Located on the second floor above the casino.

Ballyís - Sbarro's, Johnny's Deli, and Ichiban.
If you take the monorail and get off at Ballyís, you will pass these restaurants, otherwise you will never find them. They are located below the casino level by the Sportsbook.

So remember, if your group is wandering around looking for a place to eat and all you want is something to fill your stomachs before you gamble, there is nothing wrong with just grabbing some fast food. Save your money and time for a big dinner at a Steakhouse.

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True Vegas Advice: Gambling at Different Times of Day in Vegas 
4/22/10, 8:53 AM - True Vegas Advice

Everybody talks about where to gamble in Vegas. But when you gamble is just as important.

Daytime Gambling
During the day, you and your friends will run an entire table, be able to talk with one another without pissing off everyone else around you, hold epic battles versus the dealer, and pound Heinekens on the casinoís tab. So, find a table with a lonely dealer whoís just sitting there, and take it over. The same table at night will have a line three deep for every seat. Here are some tips:

1) Find a $5 Blackjack Table. Thereís no reason to sit at a $10 table if there is a $5 table available.

2) Go with a Manual Shuffle. If you have a choice between a manual shuffle and an automatic shuffler, go with manual. A manual shuffle is when the dealer has to shuffle by hand. It extends your playtime, allowing you to drink more on the casinoís tab, because you arenít playing (and losing) in the extra five minutes it takes for the dealer to shuffle.

3) Get to Know the Dealer. When the dealer is shuffling, break out a conversation and ask a couple of questions. Dealers can help you out by keeping you from making stupid decisions, which will become especially helpful after you have had a couple of drinks.
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Nighttime Gambling
At night, the tables fill up quickly and table minimums go up. Although itís probably a good idea to restrict your play to earlier in the day, there is definitely a buzz of energy in the casino at night. If youíre going to play at night, here are a few things to remember.

1) Donít Play in Groups: If you have a group that is trying to gamble at night, you will spend the majority of time walking around trying to find the mythical empty table. If you want to play youíll probably have to fly solo, or at best in groups of two or three.

2) Bring a Larger Bankroll: Table minimums will be up, so bring a larger bankroll with you, otherwise you wonít be able to withstand the swings.

3) Play in the Party Pit: Some casinos such as Harrahís, Imperial Palace, Stardust, and Rio offer a table games area that also serves as a form of entertainment.
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Late-Night Gambling
In the wee hours of the night/morning, the table minimums go back down and the casinos empty. The late night crowd is usually a wacky bunch. Tips on late-night gambling:

1) Donít Play Drunk. There is no way to lose your money faster than gambling when you are drunk and tired.

2) Donít Play by Yourself: If you look around and notice that youíre playing alone at 5 a.m., go to sleep. If you insist on sticking it out, find a table with at least a few other players so you can have some sort of interaction.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Touching your chips in the betting circle 
4/21/10, 8:25 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes


When you are gambling at Blackjack, it is common to vary your bet. But when a double down opportunity comes, you want to make sure you put the right amount of chips out there. Sometimes you canít tell if you have, say 7 or 8 chips, in the betting circle.

Unless you want your hand slapped by the dealer and the pit boss to come over and lecture you, donít count the chips by touching the them in the betting circle. Those are off limit once the deal starts.

So how do you know how much to bet? You can either ask you dealer, she will count them out for you and let you know, or you can put a deliberately larger stack of chips (like 10 for this example) next to your existing bet. You can then "size into" the amount of chips you have by comparing your existing bet with the new stack. Just remove chips from the top of the new stack until the stacks match.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Making Sports Bets When Leaving Vegas 
4/20/10, 8:02 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

A number of people that bet on the games, only to leave town to go back home. They had their suitcases all packed and were heading to the taxi line from the Sportsbook. If they won, they will either "give the ticket to someone else" coming to Vegas, "mail it in", or "bring it next time" they come to Vegas.

In the casino business, we call this "breakage". The casinos make a lot of money off of unclaimed sportsbook and slot/video poker tickets. A percentage of people will either lose or accidently destroy their ticket. Some people just forget about it.

Yes, you can mail the ticket to the casino, but most guys are just too lazy to actually mail in a ticket or they don't trust that the money will actually be mailed back.

Don't bet on games when you are leaving town. Half the reason to bet on a game is for the enjoyment of watching it. Only make bets on games that you can cash in your winnings.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Picking up your winning chips early on Roulette 
4/19/10, 8:29 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

This happens about once an hour on every roulette table in Vegas. Don't let it happen to you.

A player makes a bet and wins. The dealer places the winning chips next to the player's original bet. The player picks up the winning chips only to have the dealer yell "stop, don't do that". The player is confused because he won the bet and wants his money.

In roulette, if the "marker" is still on the table, you may not touch your winning chips, even if they have been out there for awhile. Wait until the dealer picks up the marker before you pick up your chips.

There is a reason for this. When a number hits, the dealer places the marker on the winning number and sweeps all the non-winning chips from the table. The dealer then proceeds to pay out the winners. In a busy game, it can take a while to pay all the winning bets, so the dealer needs to keep track of which bets he has paid and which bets he hasn't. If you move your winning chips early, the dealer may pay you again. Which is why they don't let you move your chips away until the dealer has paid every winning bet. The dealer will lift the marker when he is done.

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True Vegas Advice: Dinner Roulette 
4/18/10, 1:07 PM - True Vegas Advice

Want to make your meal a little more memorable? If youíre dining at a casino restaurant, collect from your friends for the bill, then place a bet at a roulette table. Have everyone wait at the table while one of you puts the cash on red or black. If you lose, you overpay for your meal; if you win everyoneís happy. This is a great way to have some fun with everyone. How often do you all get to place one bet together with immediate results? It sure beats the old ďcredit card rouletteĒ game where you all throw your cards in, the waitress picks one at random, and that guy gets stuck with the bill.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Going All In at Black Jack 
4/17/10, 8:00 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

This happens in the casino all the time:

A player has been playing all day long, he is up for a while and then he is down. In an effort to get back up, he makes a big bet and puts all of his remaining chips in the blackjack betting circle. The dealer then deals him a hand that he must split to have a good hand (such as two eights versus a dealerís seven). The player has no money left and canít just leave the table to go to the ATM. So, he decides to hit on his ď16Ē and busts.

Black Jack is not the game to go ďAll InĒ with your money. With all the hands that you need to double down and split, you need to have money left over in the kitty.

If you do want to make one bet with all the money you have left, do it on Roulette.

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Classic Vegas Mistake: Visiting the Over Hyped Vegas Attractions 
4/16/10, 8:34 AM - Classic Vegas Mistakes

Not all Vegas attractions are worth your vacation time. There are some places that sound interesting, but arenít. They may be mildly entertaining if you are looking to burn a couple hours. Donít go out of your way to see these.

Top Five Over Hyped Attractions

The Shark Reef (Mandalay Bay)
The Statue Shows at the Forum Shoppes (Caesarís)
Masquerade Show in the Sky (Rio)
King Tut Museum (Luxor)
The Rain Fall at Miracle Mile (Planet Hollywood)

Off Strip Bonus
Sunset Stampede (Samís Town)

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True Vegas Advice: Don't Spread Vegas Hype 
4/15/10, 8:31 AM - True Vegas Advice

What is Vegas Hype? Vegas Hype is a certain type of B.S.: itís like P.T. Barnum on steroids, an otherworldly level of mistruth that puts lies about any other town to shame. Las Vegas is built on guys and gals coming back and telling someone that they had ďthe time of their lifeĒ or ďthe best meal atĒ a place that sucked, because they wonít admit that they were conned. Just like any get-rich-quick or rapid-weight-loss scam, most people are embarrassed to admit that they were taken advantage of. Be a man: admit it, when pressed, that something was a rip-off or a complete waste of time.

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