El Cortez Match Play

Sometimes the best kept secrets are right there in front of you, and you just have to be in the know enough to ask. That’s definitely the case at one of my favorite downtown grind joints, as even *I* was surprised to discover my last trip.

Although many may underestimate the yellow-tinted and heavily-perfumed dive, it turns out they offer one of the best free deals in Las Vegas!

The El Cortez has an excellent deal (that amounts to about $40 worth of match play, free play, and drinks) if you show the player’s club a boarding pass from any airline within 24 hours of landing.

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Free Drinks

One of my favorite parts of Las Vegas is all of the comped drinks. Which is short for complimentary drinks. Which is casino jargon for free drinks.

You read that right: free drinks.

Need I say more? Probably not, but it wouldn’t be Viva Las Value without a long-winded geeky explanation, so let’s talk more about the best way to maximize your (drinking) value in Las Vegas!

 

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Slow Rolling

Casinos in Las Vegas (and some other locales, including Colorado), give free alcoholic drinks to players to entice them to gamble. The only catch is that you have to be gambling — or at least look like you’re gambling — to score these free drinks. Fortunately, there’s a way to do this without breaking the bank!

Check out my post on free drinks while gambling for a more comprehensive overview on the ins and outs of free drinks.

Slow rolling is one of my favorite techniques for getting free (or very cheap) drinks. It’s a portmanteau of my own creation, combining “slow play” with “low rolling” to help you get drunk for pennies on the dollar.

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Table Games

Table games are fun because the odds are generally better than machines, they’re more social, and you have the benefit of a dealer (and often other players) who are happy to help you. They can be intimidating because there is some basic table etiquette you have to follow, but everyone is playing against the house, so the players will all be friendly! The games are pretty simple and the dealers are always happy to help and pretty patient as long as you follow some basic rules I’ll outline below.

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Machines

Machines are nice because you don’t have to interact with anyone (unless you want to), and the minimum bet is lower than tables. There are three main types of machines: video poker, slots, and keno. Although the odds (with the exception of Video Poker) are worse than table games, you’re able to slow roll and bet small/infrequently to get free drinks.

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Side Games

There are a variety of side games that you can play in Las Vegas.   Slot Golf Everyone pools together a set amount of money into a shared TITO. Determine…

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Table Etiquette

If you’re like me and haven’t been formally trained in table etiquette, formal dinners are daunting; you’re not sure what fork to use for your salad, which direction to pass the butter, what the hell to do with your napkin when you get up, or whether that’s your water or your neighbor’s. However, after learning a few simple rules, you can enjoy your meal stress free… oh shit, wrong table etiquette!

Just like a formal dinner can be unnerving for someone who hasn’t had etiquette training, table games can be intimidating for first time players. While experience is the best teacher, keeping in mind a few simple rules will make for a smooth and painless transition into a table game pro.

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Tilt

When a series of atypically bad luck sets you on a downward spiral. A vicious circle of increased bets, more losses, rising frustration; wash, rinse, repeat. Just like heartbreak, the…

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Video Poker

Please bear with me while I develop this page. In the meantime...   Sergio's Scoop: ALWAYS Max Bet If you're playing to win, you should ALWAYS play the maximum bet…

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