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

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Video Poker

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Slots

Please bear with me while I develop this further. In the meantime, check out Wizard of Odds' guide to slots for more information. Or play some free slots on myVEGAS…

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Overview of Casino Games

Now that you’ve got your gambling budget set and your players card printed, you’re ready to pick a game and start gambling (and earning comps)! But which one should you pick?

There’s two main ways to gamble: table games or machines. Each of them have their advantages and disadvantages, so as with everything in Las Vegas, it’s up to you to figure out what you enjoy the most. Check out my post on table games and my post on machines for a crash course in what to expect, and then head back here to figure out which game(s) are best for you!

Everyone has their own preferences when gambling, so here at Viva Las Value, I’ve decided to break down gambling into a variety of indexes so you can choose the games that are most in line with the experience you’re looking for. Of course the best way to see if you like a game is to try it yourself, but I hope my Viva Las Value Index will help give you some initial direction. I will rank all games on the following scale:

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