Gratitude

Viva Las Value would not be possible without the endless support of my incredible family and friends. It’s impossible to articulate how amazing these people are; they deserve much more…

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VLV Recommends

Las Vegas is exciting because it is full of options! But this can also be overwhelming when trying to plan a vacation; there are so many possibilities, it’s hard to know which are worthwhile and which will be a waste of your time/money.

Here at Viva Las Value, I’m committed to helping you find the best value in Las Vegas and sharing my experiences — the good, the bad, and the ugly. While I recognize that experiences differ for everyone, I hope that my recommendations can help give you some clarity and direction.

The following will be a dynamic, growing, and evolving list of attractions/services that I have personal experience with and recommend.

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Resort Fee

re·sort·fee

rɪˈzɔrt fi
noun
  1.  An inescapable nightly fee added on to your room rate, regardless of where or how you book
    • Assessed equally on sale rooms, rooms booked through a third party, and rooms booked directly
      • Charged when you check into the hotel, even if you pre-pay in advance
synonyms: fuck you fee, corporate racket, ripoff, necessary bullshit
Usage Examples
“There will be a $37 a night resort fee assessed on your comped room, sir.”
“As if I didn’t lose enough at the 6:5 blackjack tables, the penny pinchers at MGM hit me with a $40 a night resort fee on my room.”

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Casino Conglomerates

There has been a lot of consolidation in the casino industry, with a couple of conglomerates holding a dominant market share. While you can make a very compelling case that this has screwed over players by promoting a corporate bean counter mentality and…. sorry, I’ll save my socialist rants for somewhere else.

All casinos owned by the same conglomerate will use the same players club. Your spending will be tracked across all the properties that a company owns, which means you can hop between affiliated casinos with the same card. Many companies (namely CET, Boyd, and MLife) have locals casinos throughout the country as well. Concentrating your spending on one company can help maximize your comps and stretch your gambling/entertainment dollar further.

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Flying to Las Vegas

The best way to get to Las Vegas depends on your time and budgetary constraints. If you live nearby, driving is a viable option. However, most people end up flying, as flights are relatively cheap (unless you’re wanting to travel at a busy time like a holiday/fight night/Super Bowl weekend/etc).

Fares vary by region and desired dates, so it’s hard to give definitive advice. The best thing I can advise is to track fares, avoid peak times and be flexible with your fares if possible, book when fares are palatable, and avoid vacation packages.

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Vice Advice

Because I haven’t done a good enough job of corrupting the next generation in my short-lived stint as a middle school social studies teacher or in my current role supervising RAs at a college, it’s time to share my degeneracy and extensive knowledge of vice(s) with the masses.

If you’ve got any burning questions about or need advice on anything remotely related to Las Vegas, gambling, or just general debauchery, fill out the form below for some FREE (and maybe questionable) Vice Advice!

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Cashier

You can think of the cashier as a bank teller.

The cashier (commonly referred to as the “cage” because of its security bars) is where you will go to cash out your chips and machine vouchers (TITOs) and get change for your large bills.

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Tipping

America may run on Dunkin’, but Las Vegas runs on tips.

One of the best things that you can do to feel like — and be treated like — a high roller is to tip appropriately. I usually budget $20-30 a day for tips, and no other money I spend does more to make me feel like a high roller or gives me a better value.

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Keno

Keno is a mix of the lottery and bingo. If you thought to yourself “so it’s a mixture of horrible odds and a painstaking game?” you are 100% correct. I will be completely transparent here: I do not recommend playing keno.

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Support Viva Las Value

I hate ads as much as you do, so I made the conscious decision not to include them on Viva Las Value. Instead of bombarding you with irrelevant spam, I want the focus to be on your user experience and Las Vegas.

While Viva Las Value is a labor of love, I haven’t been able to convince my webhosting or credit card companies to accept my free drinking advice as a valid form of payment, so I need your help to keep my advice flowing like the free drinks in Las Vegas.

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