Who hasn’t at one point in life dreamed of going to Vegas? Bright lights, spectacular views, and of course, non-stop partying! There is also a well known activity which is arguably the biggest foundation for drawing people into Sin City, the world of gambling. No doubt it is an exciting moment to envision winning it big time, putting all your worries to rest. Sadly, it is a reality which drives many to the brink of playing insatiably; thereby, creating individuals that have lost everything from their gambling addiction. Many who have had the privilege of vacationing in Vegas have had the passion of wanting to just play that one last hand that could bring them riches, only to end up losing more than what they could have even imagined. Fortunately, there are some simple, yet effective ways to help keep Vegas more about the gain of fun times than the loss of all your money .
Whatever the Gain, Leave the Game!
Sure leaving out while you’re on top is a logical way of thinking for most, but hearing those precious words “You win!” a few times from having hot hands in poker tends to dismiss one’s common sense. Whether amateur or professional, most gamblers dream of making it big from a winning streak which would rival that of the great Archie Karas. Ironically, the same story of Karas’s historic gain from gambling also serves as a lesson of knowing when to say when before losing the great gain that you have won. Set a budget for gaming and stick with that limit. If you bet $20 and manage to double it with one or a few bets, run away with the gain! According to the American Gaming Association’s “The House Advantage, A Guide to Understanding the Odds”, the longer a person plays, the more likely they will lose overall. So keep in mind that the odds of winning in most casino games generally favor the house instead of you (how else would they be able to afford keeping Vegas lit up so beautifully at night?).
Gambling and Boozing Increases Odds of Losing
Yes the ever so popular drinking of alcohol, serving as both a desired component to a celebratory night out (shown by various Budweiser and Vodka commercials) and a tragic instrument to the likes of violence and drunk driving. Of course there are different views, yay or nay, when it comes to this controversial beverage, but what can be agreed upon by most is how its intoxication tends to diminish one’s rational judgment. That being said, most casinos in Vegas happily incorporate the free drink perk along with their lineup of addictive gambling attractions. This cleverly disguised hospitality from those mercantile gaming arenas blend a no pressure to drink approach with the hard to decline delightful offer of free booze during play! With the fun fluids steadily pouring in, your wallet slowly submerges into the world of seemingly endless betting without adequate personal funds to match. In that regard, drinking and finances are about as compatible as Samsung and Apple, where the thought of combining the two successfully remains a derisory concept.
Less Gambling, More Sightseeing
Treat Vegas as a getaway, not a get-rich quick scheme! Though it is a rush to partake in the many forms of casino gaming, it is not the only source of attraction. Take the time to appreciate scenery such as the pyramid-like structure of the Luxor, or the statues of the “Talking Gods” found in Caesar’s Palace. Experience the city’s famed nightlife at various clubs like Pure Nightclub at Caesar’s Palace, VooDoo Lounge at the Rio, or Rain Nightclub at the Palms. In fact, witnessing the free ( yes, free….not a typo) spectacular pirate show, the Sirens of TI, outside of Treasure Island proves how just walking down the Vegas strip will open minds to new levels of excitement and entertainment (not necessarily opening up your wallet completely too).
It’s no secret that one of the biggest exhilarating and alluring aspects of Vegas stems from its open world of gambling; however, it could also turn the time of your life into your worst nightmare when you approach it irresponsibly. Knowing when to say when, maintaining a clear head during play and seeing what else the city has to offer will undoubtedly keep greater odds of having a good time in you favor.